On-site, private or public cloud: What’s the best option for you?
When it comes to data security options, you can never have too much of a good thing. The market is certainly flush with options. Predominately, however, these options fall into one of three categories: on-site storage or making use of a public or private cloud.
So, which is best for your company? Here’s a quick guide to help you make the right choice for you.
The case for on-site storage
In-house storage’s main benefits are size and speed. Because you are eliminating the middleman, you can store as quickly as your team loads the data. You can also more easily store large files because of a lack of transfer time.
The case against on-site storage
When it comes to reasons not to store your data in-house, it’s a matter of cost and consequences. In-house storage is your most expensive option because you must front all capital costs yourself. In addition, because your data is essentially “land-locked,” any emergency striking your business (fire, flood, etc.) could seriously hamper your ability to secure or retrieve your data.
The case for public cloud storage
When it comes to public cloud storage, size matters. Public cloud storage options offer limitless size and scalability options, and because your company shares in the cost of this storage with several other businesses, it remains a very affordable option. The option also offers greater stability because the cloud is supported by many different servers, allowing the network, as a whole, to back up any individual server in the event it would crash.
The case against public cloud storage
Concerns regarding a public cloud start first and foremost with security. Anyone can upload data to a public cloud from anywhere, which is both a benefit and a concern. That could mean you are actually uploading your company’s data to a public cloud hosted in another country, one that does not share the same tight data protections you are used to in the United States. If you do pursue this option, be sure to learn where your data will actually be housed.
The case for private cloud storage
If a public cloud faces security concerns, then a private cloud should eliminate them, right? Yes, and this is one of the main selling points for a private cloud option. In addition to heightened security, private cloud solutions also offer your company more direct control over the server itself, including the ability to transfer non-sensitive data to a public cloud storage option via “cloud-bursting” to make more room for sensitive data on the public cloud.
The case against private cloud storage
If you choose to move toward a private cloud option, you should be aware that your upfront expense will be more than with a public cloud option, though still cheaper than on-site solutions. You’ll also face increased security firewalls, which are beneficial but could make it more difficult to log in remotely and access your data.
Finding the right solution for you
As you can see above, each storage solution has its benefits and drawbacks. But there is one important factor we have yet to discuss when it comes to cloud-based options: the provider.
Your cloud solution security is only as good as the provider hosting your network. That’s why you need a provider you can trust.
At Server Revolution, we make your data’s security our No. 1 priority. We’re experienced in solving complex data challenges and providing cutting-edge security for each of the clients hosted in our cloud-based solutions. Contact us today to learn more about how Server Revolution can take the confusion out of your data storage choices.