According to a report from Cisco, cloud data center traffic will represent 95 percent of total data center traffic by 2021. Also, 94 percent of workloads and compute instances will be processed in cloud data centers, which offer higher performance, more capacity, simpler management and better security than traditional, on-premises data centers.
There are a number of factors driving cloud adoption. Smaller organizations typically don’t have the personnel, expertise and budget to build, maintain and update an on-premises data center. The cloud provides you with access to the resources and services you need without the upfront investment or the ongoing management responsibilities. Users can then access cloud-based tools from any virtually location.
In addition to cost-efficiency and flexibility, the cloud provides organizations with almost infinite scalability. Need more storage capacity? Need to add users? Need to backup data in the cloud and update your disaster recovery plan? With the cloud you can add or remove resources based on current business requirements and pay as you go for what you need.
That doesn’t mean you can or should move all workloads, applications and data to the cloud. In fact, very few organizations rely exclusively on the cloud for all business and IT functions.
An on-premises data center offers a number of advantages. First and foremost, you have complete control over your applications and data. You don’t have to rely on an outside cloud provider to protect your data, meet performance requirements, or provide reliable, uninterrupted service. You also don’t have to worry about being unable to access critical IT resources because of a WAN outage or the cloud provider’s technical issues. In some cases, compliance rules might require you to keep your data onsite.
Very often, the best approach is not cloud or data center, it’s a hybrid solution that combines the cloud and an on-premises data center. For example, you might choose to keep sensitive data and mission-critical applications in your on-premises data center and use the cloud for other workloads. The cloud can also provide additional capacity or serve as failover for business continuity.
There are several factors to consider when choosing the best location for your applications and data. It starts with security and compliance. Although cloud environments today are typically more secure than an on-premises data center, the cloud doesn’t offer the same level of control. If you move data that’s subject to privacy regulations, you need to make sure the cloud provider is capable of meeting and validating those requirements. Scalability should also be considered. In other words, will your data center be able to support additional capacity and users as your organization grows?
Another great option is to host your systems and applications in a colocation data center. Colocation offer the cost-efficiency of the cloud but with greater control over your applications and data.
RMM has two SOC 2 Type 2-compliant data centers with state-of-the-art physical and IT security, along with 24x7 monitoring and live support. You can visit our data centers to verify that your assets are protected. Let us show you how our colocation facilities provide the right balance between the cloud and an on-premises data center.