Cloud vs. On-Premise Data Storage

Posted by Amanda at Varay on Jul 10, 2018 2:49:18 PM

You know someone who lives by the adage “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

Computer screen with cloud storage icon | Varay, El PasoBut you also know someone (probably with an English degree) who says, “He who hesitates is lost.”

So who’s right?

Do the tried and true security benefits of on-premise data storage make it the best choice for your organization? Or is it a mistake to ignore efficient, accessible cloud solutions?

Here’s a look at the pros and cons of both on-premise and cloud solutions.

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On-premise data storage

Pros
HIPAA, the DoD, and other entities with security regulations may prefer it

Cons
Can be expensive to initiate, update, and upgrade
Vulnerable to physical disasters
Aging hardware must be replaced regularly
Hacking threats require constant vigilance and updates

Cloud data storage

Pros
Scalable infrastructure
Infinitely mobile
Economical
Off-site data recovery
Customizable
User friendly
Performance gains
Updates and service are simple

Cons
Additional security issues to manage
Potential regulation and compliance concerns
Reliant on internet connection
May require additional network bandwidth
Change is hard

Some things to consider

Cost is king when you’re creating an IT budget. If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, cloud data storage is a clear winner. Not only is it painlessly scalable and full of money-saving customization options, it doesn’t require expensive hardware and maintenance purchases and upgrades.

But cloud security, though not the wild, wild West, does require additional measures. Though both on-premise and cloud solutions are potentially vulnerable to attack (and possible to secure), cloud storage is new enough that some agencies aren’t yet comfortable with it.

If you’re working with the Department of Defense or another entity that has strict public cloud policies, you might still be able to save money with a hybrid private/public cloud solution.

Varay can help you navigate through all the variables and your unique needs and compliance considerations. We offer customized cloud services and we keep on-premise servers reliable and efficient.

Contact us today to set up a free visit to determine your IT score and find the best data storage solution for your organization.

Topics: cloud, data storage, cybersecurity, scalability, servers