Cloud Compute

3 Options for Data Storage

Assessing storage solutions? What’s the best fit for your company? A fully managed cloud-based solution? On-prem and managed in-house? Or a mix of the two?

Studies report 80% of the entire IaaS market is served by AWS (Amazon Web Services), GCP (Google Cloud Platform), IBM Bluemix, and Microsoft Azure.
1. Premise Based

Premise-based (on-prem) storage is installed and runs on computers on the premises (in the building) of the
person or organization using the software, rather than at a remote facility such as a server farm or cloud.
What are the benefits?
  • Large capacity file sharing is still faster on-prem - continuous data transfers and sharing across nodes of 50GB or more

  • Physical control over server hardware

  • Critical data stored on-prem with no third-party access

  • Not reliant on internet access accessibility

Best fit for:
  • Customers with highly sensitive data

  • Customers with very large storage needs that are unable to utilize archiving due to the need to have all information readily available

  • Traditional customers that are concerned about security.

When is it time to transition?
  • Access to files has become wide spread between multiple locations, end users are no longer confined to the on-premise network

  • Increase in remote users, making the access to remote servers no dierent than a colocation or cloud environment.

  • Customers needing to perform a server refresh due to aging infrastructure.

2. Colocation

Colocation (colo) lets businesses rent space for data center equipment such as servers and other associated
hardware in a secure and protected facility. This space can be leased by rack, cabinet, cage or room depending on
needs. Customers own their infrastructure, but colocation providers take care of the building, maintenance, cooling,  power, compliance and security.
What are the benefits?
  • Peace of mind knowing their data center is being maintained and monitored in an on premises facility.

  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity (Business-critical functions remain uninterrupted in the event of power disruptions or disasters by keeping servers, equipment and applications protected.)

  • Greater physical security (fingerprint, iris reading, etc.)

  • 24/7 Monitoring & Support

  • Increased Power & Redundancy

Best fit for:
  • Organizations with mission-critical legacy application(s) that don’t perform well in a virtual environment or the standard CSPs make for a difficult integration and lower performance

  • Compliance regulations (particularly in finance/healthcare) make it critical to ensure the security of the apps and data due to hefty fines and/or legal ramifications.

When is it time to transition?
  • Remote users and locations are becoming more diverse (across the country or even global), or customers needing to perform a server refresh due to aging infrastructure.

3. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is a service model that delivers computer infrastructure on an outsourced basis to  support enterprise operations. Typically, IaaS provides hardware, storage, servers and data center space or network components; it may also include software. 
What are the benefits?
  • Reduction of hardware infrastructure costs

  • 24/7 Monitoring & Support

  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

  • Greater flexibility and business agility (scale-up/scale-down compute to storage needs)

  • Pay-as-you-go pricing models that let the users pay only for the services they consume.

Best fit for:
  • Organizations looking to transition more of their business operations to a cloud-based environment

  • Businesses who have need to manage/store/analyze big data, both structured (databases) & unstructured (images, emails, etc.), which require a significant amount of processing power

  • Organizations that need/want to consolidate their disparate disaster recovery systems into one virtualized environment for disaster recovery.

  • Testing and development needs: The computing and networking power make it a perfect place to run and manage testing and development cycles.

When is it time to transition?
  • Costs are spiraling out of control due to departments eating up resources.

  • Downsizing on application usage or business size and/or mergers/ acquisitions, or a transition to a SaaS model all may be indicators to pull back to a colocation or on-prem solution.

Setup a no obligation DRaaS & Backup Analysis with ATI today and learn what's right for your organization.


Jeff Becker

Developer, Designer, Copywriter, Marketer. Connecting clients via original digital content & events to the tech world. Whether I’m chasing a tornado, flying an airplane, planning the next executive event, or designing our next customer facing media, you always have to stay one step ahead. What's next?