Pros & Cons: Cloud Hosting VS File Servers

With cloud storage growth in the technical world, reviewing the traditional file servers as compared to cloud hosting is developing into a serious question. It is time to discover the differences in the two for storage and file sharing within your organization? Storing and maintaining data between employees and within the organization has begun a shift towards cloud storage. Below are the pros and cons to both cloud hosting and file servers, giving businesses an overview of their two options available for storage and sharing within their business and determining what works for them.

Cloud Hosting

Cloud Hosting is a growing innovation in technology for storing data and sharing files throughout businesses.

Advantages of Cloud Storage

Cloud storage requires no maintenance on your behalf, allowing it to run smoothly during operations. For businesses that are small and not as technologically advanced as others, this option eliminates a level of stress for the business and encourages them to focus on the business.

Cloud hosting is a mobile version of storing and sharing, making it more accessible from remote locations by employees. As remote industries begin to develop, cloud hosting provides an advantage for employees to access these files from any server, especially beneficial for those who are traveling or working remotely.

Cons of Cloud Storage

Ownership of cloud storage is limited as compared to the file servers. In order to have the smooth maintenance and operation offered by the cloud host, control of these files and data are sacrificed to the host for their management. Because this ownership and management of files have been sacrificed, the risk of cyber crimes and data hacks are larger with those attempting to infiltrate the cloud hosts servers for your information. 

File Servers

The traditional use of file storing and sharing of businesses, file servers have been used by organizations since the utilization of technology.

Advantages of File Servers

Time is on the side of file servers. The expanded use of file servers maintains its credibility among organizations as a viable option for storage.

Another advantage is the ownership of the server and the data included. While the server itself may be rented out, as the organization owner, you have the ability to manage and control this information. There is the minimal concern for data erased, providing a sense of security. Having the ability to manage the data outright is an advantage that has been long appreciated.

Cons of File Servers

The biggest con to a file server is the maintenance required with the server to keep it updated and moving at an appropriate speed. Because these servers are physical hardware, they require upgrades and maintenance frequently that can be difficult and require an IT team for constant maintenance.

Accessing files on these servers from remote locations or other servers require mobile servers to be carried by these employees so that they can securely access this information when not on the business campus. Having to carry additional equipment for server access can be inconvenient and a security risk.

Which Works For You?

When you consider the advantages of cloud storage or traditional file servers, you should consider the type of business you are operating. Ownership and remote operations are also considerations when deciding which option is the best for you. Both are dependable and have advantages for file sharing and storage.