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The ins and outs of cloud storage

There have been extensive changes in technology in recent years – and the cloud is one of the most far-reaching and useful developments to impact the way we operate our businesses.
03 June 2021 Michael Holtzhausen

Are you thinking about moving your business to the cloud? Well, you’re not alone. According to the Global Cloud Index by Cisco, 94% of all workloads will be handled on the cloud in 2021.

“At this point, cloud adoption is mainstream,” says Sid Nag, research vice-president at Gartner. “The expectations of the outcomes associated with cloud investments therefore are also higher. Adoption of next-generation solutions are almost always ‘cloud-enhanced’ solutions, meaning [that] they build on the strengths of a cloud platform to deliver digital business capabilities.”

The coronavirus pandemic meant that the cloud was adopted very quickly in 2020 as businesses worldwide began working remotely. It became an essential part of the way we work and continues to be important in the new normal. Forbes Magazine says that the cloud has become of paramount importance. “Everything from contact tracing to home delivery services, remote medicine and working (and playing) from home has been revolutionised by cloud services,” it reports.

There is no doubt that the cloud is the future of infrastructure.

Trends in cloud computing

According to Forbes, the rate of change will only accelerate as more businesses adapt to using cloud models. Their predictions for the future of the cloud include:

  • Hybrid and on-premise cloud solutions will grow in popularity as more options become available.
  • Multi-cloud approaches will break down barriers between providers as the industry requires infrastructure to be deployed across multiple platforms.
  • AI will improve the efficiency and speed of cloud computing and we can expect a focus on autonomous vehicles, smart city infrastructure and pandemic response planning, all of which will benefit from smarter algorithms in cloud services.
  • Gaming will be increasingly delivered from the cloud and just like music and movies, it promises to revolutionise the way we consume entertainment media.
  • More of us will be working on Virtual Cloud Desktops, sometimes known as desktop-as-a-service. This model will eliminate the cost of hardware updates and the need to dispose of redundant technology.

Why move to the cloud?

Moving to the cloud has a wide range of benefits. They include:

Agility: Moving to the cloud offers your organisation the greatest amount of agility. It will allow you to mobilise global resources, innovate and move quickly. Almost anything is possible with a managed web infrastructure.

Cost-savings: No more investing in your own hardware, you can maintain flexibility with resources that can be scaled up or down, depending on business requirements. With the increased savings, you can focus your spending on the things that add value to your business.

Security: You can take advantage of economies of scale when using a cloud service. This means you can take full advantage of security investments put in place by the provider. You will have peace of mind knowing that your infrastructure is secure.

In a nutshell then, the advantage is that your data is more accessible and secure. Your mobility is also enhanced because you can retrieve your information from wherever you access the internet. And it allows users to access their data only from the system where it's stored.

Our cloud offering

We offer on-premise, in-cloud and hybrid options. There are advantages and disadvantages to each and finding the best one really depends on you and your particular needs. The main differences are:

  • On-premise storage, the server is housed in the company's infrastructure and, as the name suggests, is physically located on the premises. In most cases, the server is administered and handled by its own IT team or a third-party IT partner.
  • In-cloud data storage is when you store your company information on remote servers or hardware owned by a third-party service provider. Businesses will buy usage (storage space, bandwidth and sometimes data access requests) from service providers.
  • Hybrid storage is when, instead of choosing between on-premise and cloud storage, you can combine them into one solution. Hybrid storage offers the best of both worlds by making use of the two storage solutions.

Do you want to know more about the advantages and disadvantages of each cloud storage option? Check out our blog and find out more about each option and whether it’s a good fit for your business.

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