Comparing Storage Solutions: Cloud vs On-Premise

Data storage is an important aspect of every business, as each enterprise needs a place to put all of their crucial files and information. Over the years of having this kind of service in place, two types of data storage services have always been debated regarding which one is better: cloud storage solutions and on-premise solutions. But it’s time we clear up the air and know what the pros and cons are between the two so you can settle once and for all which one you believe is the best fit for you.

Cloud storage solutions

The main characteristic of cloud storage is that data is housed remotely outside the premises of your office. Each piece of data can be uploaded and accessed without the need to be in the same area as the servers storing said data. Aside from that, it also works via an OpEx (operational expenses) model, which has a cheaper monthly rate.

A key benefit of cloud storage is that your employees have the ability to work remotely through it. Because you can also choose to rent only the space you need, you also don’t waste money paying for space you wouldn’t use (which in turn allows space for a multi-tenant arrangement). Data backup and recovery is also easier through the cloud as it creates backup files of everything you store that can be accessed at any time. And of course, with a managed services provider, you get to enjoy their IT expertise.

On the other hand, a drawback of this type of storage is the need for Internet connection to access your data. The Philippines is quite notorious for not having the best Internet speed, and other areas have no connection at all, making it a more difficult set-up. There’s also the issue of security as a provider manages the data rather than your business staff, so it’s best to get a trustworthy provider.

On-premise storage solutions

As the name suggests, on-premise storage solutions involve software and hardware at the actual location as opposed to a remote model. It is seen as CapEx (capital expenses) and is typically availed through one-time payment.

Cloud storage solutions can be quite secure, but with on-premise storage, businesses feel more of a sense of relief as enterprise personnel are the ones handling the data instead of people you may not know. You also have more control on how to manage it as you don’t need to depend on your provider in making the decisions.

The catch, however, is that any software and hardware is shouldered by the company, making it more expensive. It’s also not as scalable as the cloud, which means you may have to pay for unused storage space. Lastly, if you’re not too well-versed on the technicals, the solutions are entirely limited to your internal team’s capabilities rather than an expert’s.

Which one to choose?

As seen above, both solutions have their advantages and disadvantages. But who says you have to pick one? You may also opt for the hybrid approach. This combines the public and private cloud, as well as the on-premises system. That way, you get the best of both worlds and each solution’s weakness is balanced by the strength of the other. Through this, you get a more agile IT infrastructure that greatly benefits your business operations.

At Sandz Solutions, we can help you get started on equipping your enterprise with effective storage solutions. Contact us to get started!