Local Server or Network Attached Storage (NAS)
A local server is a machine physically located within your own office or building. These are typically designed to serve many files to multiple clients at one time from locally held storage. The primary advantage that a local network server has is that all your data is available to all users in one central location. This means that employees across the network can access all the resources made available. These machines can serve files at the speed of the local network, transferring large projects, files, and documents from a central position within the network with ease. A NAS has many of the same network properties, typically packaged as a smaller profile, low powered computer. A NAS is specifically designed to enable network file sharing in a more compact package. These can be available in units small enough to fit in a cupboard nook and yet still provide staggering storage space on only a small amount of power. Both a local server and NAS device allow for large amounts of storage space to be added to the local network. These units are often expanded with more and more storage over time. As an organization grows, so does its data storage requirements.
Sometimes the best option for storage is to move your ever-expanding data outside of the business completely. Often, offloading the costs of hardware and IT management can work out to be an intelligent business decision. The major advantage of cloud storage comes from the ability to expand and contract your services as needed without the unnecessary overhead of adding and maintaining new hardware. By moving storage to the cloud, data can be accessed from anywhere in the world. The flexibility provided by cloud storage allows limitless expansion to any number of devices, locations, and offices. Being able to access data from many locations at a single time can often provide a valuable boost to productivity that can help to speed projects along. Some of the drawbacks of cloud storage come from factors that may be outside of the control of the business. Not all internet connections are found to be up to the task of handling large amounts of data to and from the cloud. In some cases, the infrastructure is quite simply not in place yet to support it. IT security regulations can prove to be a barrier to enabling storage in the cloud too. Some regulations either prohibit the feature entirely or enable only certain specific types for use.
The Right Choice for Your Data
Both cloud and local storage can provide further benefits to enhance your business. Audit logs, central backups, and version control can all be used to secure the way your business handles data. Whatever your situation, whether a small NAS can boost your office productivity, a local server can provide the connectivity missing, or cloud storage can switch on new resources, we can advise on the best choices for your business.
Give us a call at 937-660-4899 to allow us to use our expertise to make the right chose for your data.