Companies both big and small must decide the best way to protect their files, and the solution is not as simple as it once was. While in days past on-premise storage would be the go-to option, bulky file servers became a less obvious solution as digital options evolved and the needs of the average American worker changed. With 37 percent of U.S. workers now telecommunicating, some businesses list accessibility as a top priority, which is more easily accomplished with the cloud. The implementation and build out of the cloud can also be done quickly, with many vendors offering “pay as you go” options when scaling up.
Despite this, on-premise storage still has some distinct advantages over its cloud counterpart. On-premise storage makes it easy to keep files on-site in accordance with compliance mandates like HIPAA, and it tends to download files faster. Keeping files on-site is also an attractive feature for those who doubt the cloud’s security and want sensitive information where they can see it.
These complicated considerations make choosing a storage option difficult, and businesses that want the best of both worlds are beginning to rely on the hybrid cloud to get work done; according to Clutch, nearly 90 percent of small and medium businesses “use both online and on-premise backup to protect their data.” And while file logistics can create a “bulk transfer nightmare” when synchronizing storage platforms, companies who purchase middleware technology can optimize their integration and keep the process simple.
The storage option you decide on will ultimately depend on what works best for your business. This infographic breaks down the technical advantages and disadvantages of both cloud and on-premise storage so you can make an informed decision!