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Data Center Storage or On-Premise Servers: Which is Right for You?

Posted by on March 11th, 2021 in Blog Posts, Data Center, Unified Communications

How confident are you in your current data infrastructure strategy? A 2020 Gartner Research Report forecast that 85% of infrastructure strategies will combine some mixture of cloud, on-premise, and colocated delivery options by 2025. According to Gartner, a sound strategy should be based on workloads and not limited by the requirements of physical data centers. In doing so, your strategy should create an agile, scalable ecosystem, with at least some data living in the cloud. 

So, which environment is better? The answer to that question depends on how you manage data across the organization. Businesses with compliance concerns may lean toward on-premise options with the assumption that they will have greater control over the data and security. Others may be looking for an as-a-service option that reduces the level of ongoing maintenance and upgrades. As you weigh the options, here are some things to consider. 

On-premise vs. cloud storage: pros and cons

On-premise: On-premise software applications are housed on a company’s own servers, which allows for the greatest degree of control. This type of infrastructure was historically considered to be the most reliable and secure since the entire instance of the software resides in-house – though as highlighted above, recent events have called this assumption into question. A clear downside of storing data on-premise is that this setup incurs additional costs to maintain, such as licensing costs, hardware costs, and personnel costs.

  • Pros: high degree of control, possibly more secure
  • Cons: additional maintenance costs, might not be more secure

Data center: With a cloud data center, all hosting and maintenance are handled offsite by the service provider. Organizations can pay for the exact amount of data storage, processing power, and other resources they need, allowing them to scale up or down with maximum efficiency. New software can usually be integrated quickly on account of pre-existing configurations. However, there is some reduction in data control. Encryption keys are managed by the service provider, which can create delays during an emergency. And clarity around data ownership and privacy is also of concern, especially for organizations working with sensitive information.

  • Pros: maintenance done for you, pay for what you need, easy integrations
  • Cons: reduced data control, concern for data privacy

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