Data needs to live somewhere. Before cloud storage was an option, data lived on on-premise servers, whether stored in the closet or an entire data center.
There are a lot of costs associated with on-premise storage: equipment, electricity, space, maintenance, and so on. Those costs don't include any unexpected expenses such as downtime or replacements.
The introduction of cloud storage allowed companies to be more agile and turn what was only a capital expenditure into an operating expense.
The Transition from On-Premise
On-premise storage has improved over the years, and there are reasons that some companies choose to maintain their on-premise storage. But there are plenty moving away from on-premise storage to a data center as a service approach.
There are some benefits of storing and computing data on-premise:
- Your organization has full control of the security.
- Complete control of the upgrade and implementation process.
Problems with On-Premise
While these are considered benefits, they can be seen as struggles too.
On-premise storage solutions are limited in their scalability. While your organization will have control of the upgrade and implementation process, you will also be responsible for that cost, often as a significant capital expenditure.
In addition, security for on-premise storage is costly, and therefore, many organizations are limited in the amount of protection they can utilize.
Data backup and recovery also become an issue with on-premise storage solutions. Whether you experience a data loss due to a breach or a natural disaster, recovery can be difficult and time-consuming if you have chosen to store your data backups at an off-site location. The main benefit of backups is their accuracy. Data can be lost if it is cumbersome to backup files and store them off-site.
Benefits of Cloud Storage
Scalability is one of the most straightforward benefits of cloud storage to see. With on-premise storage, current hardware and software to your existing hardware and software. Your on-premise equipment may hinder any innovation.
Your storage capacity is limited to your hardware's capacity. To get more storage, you will need to purchase more equipment. You add more storage to your plan without a significant capital expense with cloud storage.
Cloud storage often offers organizations access to a higher level of security than they would be able to access independently.
Reliability and Redundancy
With a cloud approach, backups are completed at a more frequent interval. They are also readily available should they be needed.
How Anteris Can Help
Transitioning to a cloud setup can be a daunting project. It's essential to have an IT strategy defined and in place. Working with a strategic IT provider will help your organization make the right cloud choices for your business objectives and goals.
Determining your cloud needs and choosing the right cloud provider are essential. That's where a strategic managed IT services provider is necessary. We have specialized systems in place to address the needs of the legal industry.
At Anteris, our hardware-as-a-service structure allows for greater availability of equipment. Since we maintain an inventory of related models, we can quickly dispatch replacements when required. Hardware-as-a-Service provides a longer use-life and more excellent value for the team.
In addition, we can combine hardware with data management to create greater resilience. We can do this in various ways, such as linking onsite servers to our datacenter or installing multiple servers on the same site so if one fails, others remain online. These solutions could easily cost up to $100,000, putting a significant strain on your bottom line. At Anteris, we've already made these investments—allowing Clients to access enterprise-level technology at a fraction of the cost.
That's the benefit of Haas: turning what would generally be a considerable capital expense into an operating expense.
If you're ready to talk about upgrading your IT setup or have more questions, we're here.
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