Why You Don’t Need an On-Premise Strategy to Maintain Control of Your Data

By Jeff Flanagan | October 21, 2015

With the recent data breaches at CVS Pharmacy, Experian, Sony and many others, it is no surprise cybersecurity remains top-of-mind. C-level executives and boards of directors are becoming more and more involved with the security decisions of their companies, and understand what’s on the line when it comes to securing customer data and critical, internal information.

But while organizations know that they need to protect their data, many aren’t sure how to or the best practices to follow. This is often where the cloud vs. on-premise storage debate comes in. Each has their own benefits, of course, but a recent survey conducted by IDG and Globalscape stated that organizations found compliance, reliability at scale and tracking file movement key reasons to keep data on-premise. Some key highlights of the findings include:

82% of respondents cite confidence in meeting compliance mandates as a benefit of using an on-premises enterprise file transfer solution

35% of respondents cite reliability at scale as critical & 29% cite the ability to track file movement as critical

53% of respondents see an on-premises managed file transfer solution as either extremely or very valuable

While on-premise can provide compliance, reliability, and tracking, it can be expensive, time-consuming and can hold your IT staff back from doing other important tasks essential to running your business. However, there are alternative strategies companies can implement to achieve the compliance and reliability they are looking for, without the hassle.

One solution we’ve seen work for Markley Group clients, in their effort to secure data without having to solely operate on-premise infrastructure, is a hybrid cloud model. By adopting the hybrid cloud approach organizations are able to experience all of the on-premise benefits identified in the IDG study – compliance, reliability at scale, tracking file movement and more – while enjoying the flexibility, scalability and affordability the cloud provides for storing less critical or sensitive data.

Another solution is colocation. Colocation eliminates the upfront capital costs for organizations, while offering “always on” reliability – one of the key factors identified in the IDG study. It provides companies with the option to share space in a data center for its infrastructure, including high-density applications, redundant power & cooling options, customizable suite and cage designs and tailored security levels. Colocation can also be utilized in a hybrid cloud model in place of the on-premise data center, providing even greater security to the cloud with a direct fiber connection behind your own firewall.

Here at Markley Group, we work with every customer individually to tailor their storage and security solutions to their exact needs. We don’t believe in the “one size fits all” approach, and instead work with our customers every step of the way – from implementing the best data storage solution to meeting organizations’ individual goals to managed security offerings to maintain compliance. We understand that your organization may not have the bandwidth to employ a full-time, dedicated team to protect your data, so Markley Group works as an extension of your staff, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Interested in learning more about Markley Group’s storage security offerings and the benefits our services could bring to your organization? Get in touch with one of our expert team members today at info@markleygroup.com.