It’s a good question, if only because there is no definitive answer.
Yet having invested so much in remote working solutions, UK businesses will imaginably leave 2020 with a bigger mobile workforce than ever before.
Admittedly, their hands were somewhat forced; quarantine complications gave enterprises few choices for supporting their stay-at-home workers than to offer always-online, always-available access to their files. Yet one can imagine that many business owners are also experiencing the benefits, potentially envisioning an all-cloud future for their enterprise.
Attitudes around cloud storage are changing. Marred as they once were by security concerns, cloud has since proven itself among the safest methods of data security, with services such as Microsoft’s OneDrive boasting an expectedly clean track record on data breaches or losses. For a great many businesses, moving some of their systems to cloud-based storage is conclusively a better deal; it saves on physical storage costs, provides greater data breach protection, and keeps files consistently available, even when outside company premises. If your company makes use of Office 365, you’ve already seen how a dedicated cloud solution is indistinguishable from its on-site counterpart.
Still, arguments for on-site storage persist, and in certain instances might even remain the more appropriate option. We’ve long touted the importance of a Data Backup and Disaster Recovery plan, and for businesses who simply can’t afford to risk any downtime – manufacturers, for example – physical storage affords far greater testing and control of your backups.
Indeed, ‘control’ is perhaps the major benefit of your on-site storage; your data isn’t beholden to an internet connection, nor is it in the hands of an outside provider. While many cloud providers are beholden to privacy promises, it’s understandable that some business would sooner keep theirs under their own standards of secrecy. Furthermore, by keeping that data offline, it isn’t beholden to the availability of internet connections.
As we’ve implied, the decision between physical or cloud storage is rarely a foregone conclusion, but there is a third option: Hybrid storage. In our experience, this is perhaps the most favourable solution, using a combination of both storage options to balance speed, availability and security. While also being a stop-gap solution for those making the gradual migration to a cloud-only business, hybrid storage is an often-overlooked solution that proves you aren’t beholden to one method or another.
Of course, whatever option you choose, you needn’t make the decision alone. Get in touch with Mirus IT today to arrange a FREE IT Infrastructure Assessment and kickstart your next digital transformation.
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