On-Premise vs. Cloud Storage: Server Maintenance, Data Security, and More (Infographic)


Whether you’re a small consulting firm or a Fortune 500 tech company, you have files worth storing and protecting. And no matter how nice a meticulously ordered file cabinet looks, today’s age of digital dynamism requires those files to be available on any device, in any office, on any continent.

For storing important files on a large scale, things get a little more complicated when cloud computing enters the equation. Email file transfers and physical drive transports are both clumsy and antiquated, so the lightweight permeability of a cloud storage platform is a no-brainer for businesses, right?

Not so fast: comparing on-premise and cloud options for file storage can quickly lead to more questions than answers. Can the cloud’s reputation for security be trusted in an era of hacks and leaks? Can you accurately approximate and budget for the storage needs of your rapidly expanding business 5 years from now?

And perhaps most importantly: do you want to be a part of the $26.5 billion lost annually due to IT downtime?

With this infographic, we wanted to dive into the more detailed, technical perks and drawbacks of on-premise and cloud storage. At the same time, we wanted to remind you of a third option: one that may be able to unite grounded thinkers and those with their heads in the cloud.

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Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Storage for Business

While the word “cloud” may inspire mental images of dark stormy skies and Cumulus puffs, adoption of enterprise cloud storage doesn’t need to be quite so black and white. The benefits of hybrid cloud architecture provide businesses the speed and security of on-premise storage, as well as the long-distance versatility and reliability of cloud platforms.

Though some may point out that hybrid cloud models have a few logistical issues of their own, with the right type of painlessly installed, problem-solving middleware file synchronization software like the type we’ve developed at SkySync, businesses can seamlessly store files and still remain on the cusp of technological modernity.

Krystal Elliott