Should you use a cloud server, an on-premise server or both? Read on to discover insight that can help you make the right decision for your own situation.
Are cloud-based servers better than on-premise ones, or should companies stick with on-premise servers and avoid putting sensitive information on cloud servers?
The truth is there is no one-size-fits-all answer. A lot depends on what a company does, how it operates, which services it needs to provide its clients with and a host of other factors. Following is an overview of the pros and cons of each storage option to help a busy business owner make the best decision for his or her specific situation.
On-premise servers are more expensive than cloud servers. What is more, they are harder to maintain and scale. Small companies without a dedicated IT team will find such servers difficult to secure although large companies may find that an on-premise server offers more secure storage options than a cloud-based server.
At the same time, some companies are required by law and/or professional regulations to store data on an on-premise server rather than a cloud-based one. Companies that serve the medical industry must abide by HIPAA regulations stating that data must be stored in two separate locations. Law firms may need permission from clients before storing personal client data on a cloud server. Furthermore, the fact that an on-premise server does not require an internet connection is a benefit for certain types of companies.
Cloud computing offers numerous benefits. It allows businesspeople to access data from any location. It offers top-tier cybersecurity at a relatively low cost. Cloud storage is also a plus if a business’s IT infrastructure is damaged or destroyed by a natural disaster or stolen in a ransomware attack.
Additionally, cloud storage offers small businesses access to pay-per-use applications and scalable storage options. The latter benefit is especially important for accounting firms, retailers and other companies that experience peak seasons and slow seasons throughout the year.
Nonetheless, as was noted above, cloud servers aren’t the right or only option for everyone. Some companies will need both on-premise and cloud storage. Others may prefer to manage their own customized storage solution without outside help.
Generally speaking, cloud storage provided by a reputable IT service provider is the best option for small to medium-sized businesses. It enables entrepreneurs and small business owners to access the IT hardware and software needed to manage a successful business without investing a great deal of time and money in creating one’s own IT set-up. However, there are times when an on-premise server works best.
William Ives Consulting specializes in providing customized yet affordable storage solutions to a wide range of industries. Get in touch with us to learn more about your options or to make an appointment with one of our experienced IT experts.
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