Updated: Mar 9
Time goes by, and technology always seems to evolve with it. While we are working with bigger and bigger systems than ever before, many businesses are looking to avoid storing data on-site, but to move to the cloud instead. Cloud technology makes it easier than ever to store and retrieve data, and it often works out being much more cost-effective, too!
But did you know that there are different types of cloud storage? There are some which you can run on-site, and others which you can run off-premises. Let’s take a look at a few of these types and consider which might be most beneficial for your own operation:
On-Premises Cloud Storage
One of the most popular business cloud options is to house all your data on-site. Just as you might traditionally keep all your hard data within the confines of your office walls, cloud storage of this nature falls completely to your company. This means that you have complete control of, and access to your data at all times. This system also has the name of ‘private cloud’.
To many companies, this is a lucrative solution. It offers a great deal of control. However, the off-site cloud is often appealing because it lifts a lot of pressure and financial hassle off your plate. Third-party cloud solutions ensure that your data servers are looked after by a company you are in agreement with. This could lower your overhead costs and cause you much less hassle for you in the long run.
Public Cloud Storage
Public cloud storage is much different from private cloud services in the sense that your data is off-site. It means that a third-party will manage your servers for you, as well as any remote backups and maintenance demands. For a lot of businesses, this means they now have more time to spend actively building their brands. A lot of time can get lost on maintaining data servers and storage!
Public cloud systems, however, will request that you provide data to a third-party. This is, of course, safe under national law. However, many businesses feel that maintaining their own data and backups is more efficient for their needs. There is no right or wrong answer – as all businesses are different and unique! Office 365 is a good example of a cloud suite that you can put to good use with public storage.
Hybrid Cloud Storage
As you might expect, a hybrid cloud system brings together the best of public and private systems. This means that you get to store some data on-site, while still benefiting from keeping everything ticking over efficiently through a third-party. Hybrid cloud options are very popular with businesses who may not know the best option to take, and for those who may be upgrading from older storage standards to the full cloud.
What is the best cloud storage option for you and your company? It’s not always easy to work out right away. Take a look at the various storage standards available to you and consider your long-term business goals.
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