The conversation around cloud computing and data storage has usually been a heated one. Some organizations have moved to the cloud despite potential risks, while others have reservations about moving their data for security reasons. However, there is no right or wrong answer. Once taking stock of data and applications, many organizations find that a mix of cloud and on premises IT assets works best. This is where the hybrid cloud model comes into play. Utilizing the cloud while keeping certain applications in your data center carries a number of benefits. So, what are some of the advantages of keeping data on premises while leveraging the cloud?

Flexibility

Flexibility ranks as one of the top benefits of leveraging the cloud and your data center. The hybrid cloud gives you choices as to how you deliver your IT services. Having access to the cloud and on premises IT assets, allows you to assess all your data types and applications and choose the best delivery method that suits your environment, clients, and employees.

Latency

Optimizing performance remains at the top of the list when it comes to data center priorities. Applications that need high performance benefit most in your private storage environment due to the sometimes unpredictable performance of the public cloud. Using the internet to access your public cloud could introduce latency problems for applications. Keeping high performance applications in your data center makes it easier to manage and provision as needed.

Critical Workloads & Security

The idea of housing mission critical applications and sensitive data on a public cloud still leaves many IT stakeholders wary. Storing sensitive data in your private infrastructure gives you the opportunity to exercise more control than using a public cloud platform. For other organizations, keeping data on premises is necessary due to compliance regulations. Financial services and healthcare are just two of the many industry sectors that require government regulations be met when it comes to sensitive data.

Now What?

There are also a number of ways to leverage the cloud without forsaking your in-house infrastructure. Try using the cloud for test and development workloads or use it as a form of backup and archive in your disaster recovery strategy.

The main takeaway from this article is there’s no right or wrong answer here. Deciding whether to store data in the cloud or in your data center truly depends on a number of factors. Before any major move in your data center you should always assess the risk and what the change would mean for your applications, clients, and employees. Need more help optimizing your data center while leveraging the cloud? We can craft a storage solution that assists you with managing your IT infrastructure.