Small and medium businesses are just like any business. Data is their lifeblood. So it makes sense that one of the top priorities for business owners is finding the best way to back up and store their data. But without huge, in-house IT teams to make decisions, the choice is theirs.
Fortunately, the simplicity, availability, and versatility of public cloud offerings and private Network Attached Storage (NAS) solutions are making that choice a little easier. The question is, which one is best?
The public cloud, defined simply as services delivered via web-based applications and third-party providers, is an attractive option because it’s easy to use, and businesses only pay for what they use. That’s why many business owners think public cloud offerings are perfect for their businesses at first glance.
But with a bit deeper look, it quickly becomes apparent that private NAS, often defined as a dedicated storage device operated and managed by the business owner and hosted on- or off-site, is the clear choice. Business owners are naturally drawn to its superior set up, speed, security, scalability and affordability.
Plug and play functionality means a private NAS solution can be up and running in mere minutes. And since it’s rigorously tested for stability and built for data redundancy, small business owners can truly set it and forget it.
No matter the business, data security is paramount. It has to be reliable, rock solid and ready for anything thrown at it. NAS devices use government grade, AES 256-bit encryption for security, meaning no one but the user with the right encryption key can access the data.
As all business owners know, speed and agility matter. With a private NAS, businesses can enjoy speeds up to 15 times faster than public cloud offerings when accessing their data on the local network. That means less time waiting and more time being productive.
Just as in real estate, location is everything when it comes to your data. Locally hosted NAS solutions help remove the question mark of potential uptime issues sometimes seen with public cloud services. Plus, NAS devices provide extra security with the flexibility to physically host data on-premise.
Just because a business is small now doesn’t mean it won’t grow bigger in the future. That’s why business owners need to know they’re not going to outgrow their storage solution in a few months or years. NAS’s swappable hard drives assure the ability to effortlessly scale storage in the future to more than four times what’s available with a public cloud service.
Not to say it’s all about the bottom line, but this one is a no-brainer. Public cloud services may look more inexpensive initially, but for a long-term solution, NAS wins for its one-time cost that can save business owners nearly $5,000 over three years.
When comparing public cloud and private NAS side by side, it’s easy to see the truth: public cloud computing may get the hype, but owning a private cloud has the benefits.
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