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Choosing the right UC deployment model

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The evolution of Unified Communications (UC) is accelerating, thanks to significant technological advancements. Organizations now face a critical decision point: Selecting the optimal deployment model from on-premises, cloud, and hybrid options. This choice hinges on various factors, including internet connectivity, cloud service maturity, and specific organizational needs.

On-Premises Deployment: The Traditional Model

Traditionally, UC systems were deployed within an organization's own infrastructure. This model is ideal for scenarios requiring tight control over connectivity and latency, such as locations with unreliable internet access or for businesses that demand granular control over their communication systems. On-premises deployment offers full control but comes with higher costs for equipment and maintenance. It's suitable for organizations that prioritize flexibility in telephone services and pricing. The cost of an on-premises deployment can range from $4,000 in equipment for a small office to millions of dollars for medium to large enterprises.

Source Grand View Research

The UC market is expected to grow from more than $56 billion in 2018 to more than $167 billion by 2025.

Cloud Deployment: The Modern Shift

Cloud computing has reshaped the landscape, introducing hosted or UC as a Service (UCaaS) models. This shift, driven by enhanced internet and WAN reliability, offers a streamlined approach, reducing the burden of maintaining complex UC infrastructures. Cloud deployment outsources most of the management to service providers, allowing organizations to access the latest features without worrying about infrastructure upkeep. It's especially beneficial for companies with a remote workforce, providing easy access to UC services from anywhere.

Hybrid Deployment: A Transitional Approach

The hybrid model serves organizations transitioning from on-premises to cloud but wishing to leverage existing UC investments. It allows for the migration of select UC components to the cloud while keeping critical services on-premises. This model offers a balanced solution, maintaining control over essential aspects while embracing cloud advantages.

Making the Decision

Choosing the best UC deployment model requires a comprehensive understanding of each option's benefits and challenges. Considerations include:

  • Control and Flexibility: On-premises deployment offers the most control but requires significant investment and maintenance. Cloud deployment minimizes infrastructure burdens but may limit control over certain aspects.
  • Cost: Initial costs are higher for on-premises deployment, while cloud services typically involve ongoing subscription fees.
  • Scalability and Accessibility: Cloud and hybrid models offer greater scalability and accessibility, particularly beneficial for remote workforces.

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Consider these points when comparing on-premises, cloud and hybrid UC deployment options.

Organizations should engage all stakeholders in the decision-making process, ensuring the chosen model aligns with user needs and organizational goals. Whether transitioning fully to a new platform or adopting a phased approach, it's crucial to address any potential challenges through careful planning and pilot programs.

As we advance, the role of automation in UC is becoming ever more critical, promising enhanced efficiency and security across deployment models. The journey towards a more dynamic and integrated communication environment is well underway, with each organization finding its unique path in this evolving landscape.


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