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September 28, 2018

R2 Unified Technologies

There are pros and cons to both a physical data center and a cloud data center. One is not superior to the other; they both have the potential to be the best option for different aspects of your storage needs as part of your company's data center management strategy.

The main difference between a physical data center and a cloud data center is that a physical data center relies on a concrete location, whereas the cloud relies on an internet connection.

Data centers require a team of IT specialists to keep them running, an expense that is sometimes not within a company’s budget. But, because a data center is located in an actual building, it is less susceptible to cyber-attack than data held on the cloud, and if the data center is off-site, it has the added benefit of being protected from break-ins or natural disasters.

One of the benefits of the cloud is that it ensures that your data will never be lost. It will always be accessible to you through an internet connection, and as the data is copied across multiple locations, there will always be another backup.

Information kept on the cloud is easy to move and share, an obvious plus in today’s world of instantaneous communication. However, the cloud does not have as much computing power as a data center, so if a company needs an entire system dedicated to storing only their data - rather than sharing the space like they would in the cloud - a data center may be their only option.

Sometimes it makes more sense to have certain data stored on the cloud and certain data in a data center. For more malleable interfaces, like applications that interact with the public, it makes more sense to keep them in the cloud, as they are always receiving new data and need to be accessible at all times. For more sensitive items, like user information, it is better to store it in a data center, to keep it safe in case of a security breach.

In a world of ever-expanding storage and communication needs, many companies are opting to use both data centers and the cloud for different aspects of data storage. Things like cost, accessibility, and relative need for security all weigh differently with different businesses and different types of data. It frequently makes sense to mix and match to find the right data center management strategy for your company.

If you need help formulating your data center strategy, contact the team at R2 Unified Technologies.