Cloud Data Storage
Cloud Data Storage

The battle continues when it comes to data storage cloud versus on premise. It can be as difficult as comparing apples and oranges at times because of the root differences between the two. On-premise storage has been used for much longer than cloud storage, but many think cloud storage is the storage of the future. Each option has their own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. How do you know what is right for you? First of all, you need to know the differences.

How they are AccessedOne of the most obvious differences between cloud storage and on-premise storage is how you can access the data. In traditional on-premise storage, the data is installed on a user’s computer. They are able to access it from their machine from that point forward. With cloud storage, you access the data via the internet. You login to a portal and your data is there. This means you can access your data from multiple devices and there are many easy ways to collaborate and share the data you are working with on the cloud.

Payment Options Another big difference with cloud versus on-premise storage is the way and amount you pay.  When you choose on-premise storage you pay upfront for a certain amount of hardware for storage and once you purchase it, it’s yours to use how you will. With cloud options, you oftentimes pay as you go, or pay monthly. If you need more storage, you can usually up the amount no problem and see a small difference in your payments. The benefits of this are there is a lower cost of entry as compared to on-premise storage and the ongoing costs, such as maintenance, are much lower, even though you are paying annually.

Security When looking at cloud versus on-premise, security concerns need to be discussed. On-premise storage can be infiltrated by a virus, but the concerns with data loss with cloud storage are much more prevalent. The best way to alleviate the concerns with cloud storage is to make sure it is encrypted. This will ensure no one without permission will access your data.

Impact on Employees The cloud storage has the ability to alleviate internal IT needs. Your internal or outsourced IT team will then have more time and resources to focus on higher impact projects. Your non-technical end users will benefit from greater flexibility – they will have the ability to access their data from anywhere anytime. Automatic updates are an advantage that on-premise cannot provide that benefit your technical and nontechnical team. The collaboration and cross-departmental communication is made easier when you use cloud storage, as well.

Integration When using a cloud or even hybrid storage solutions, you are opened up to scalability and easy integration. Platforms, such as iPaaS (integration platform as a service) need only APIs to connect you to business critical applications. Your data, in turn, can be put to use with powerful business intelligence capabilities. Ultimately it all comes down to what works best for your particular organization. Make sure to do your research so you can understand all of the ins and outs of each solution.  Consider your long term strategy as it pertains to technology, data and operations. The decision you come to might not be the same as the other guy, but your business strategy and plans likely aren’t identical, either.