By Joe Rhino | itsmrhino | 14 Apr 2022

Many firms have already embraced digital transformation. It has enabled us to do more than ever before, saving us time and money. That means no more filing cabinets in every office, saving us a lot of room.

The digital explosion has created new issues. As we move our information to the cloud, the quantity of storage we need to stay up has increased.

The sharpness, clarity, and size of our digital assets have increased exponentially. X-rays, for example, are now digital data sent via computer. Because we utilize more digital files and they get bigger, the amount of data we need to keep has grown dramatically.

We have several options for addressing our ever-increasing storage issue.

Local Server or Network Attached Storage (NAS)

A local server is a computer in your workplace or building. These often serve files to many clients from local storage.

The main benefit of a local network server is that all users have access to the same data. This implies that employees throughout the network may use all resources.

These devices can quickly move big projects, data, and documents from one place in the network to another.

Most network characteristics are present in a NAS, but in a smaller, less powerful device. A NAS is meant to allow network file sharing on a smaller scale. These can be small enough to fit in a corner of a cabinet, but they can still store a lot of things on very little electricity.

A local server or NAS device can add a lot of storage capacity to the local network. These boxes are frequently upgraded with greater storage. An organization's data storage needs expand as it grows.

Cloud Storage

Sometimes the best choice for data storage is to relocate it totally outside of the company. Offloading hardware and IT administration expenditures is often a wise business option. One that allows you to customize your data storage needs.

When it comes to cloud storage, the main benefit is that you don't have to buy or maintain any new hardware.

By storing data on the cloud, it may be accessible globally. Cloud storage's scalability enables unlimited device, location, and office growth. Accessing data from multiple locations at the same time can frequently boost productivity and speed up tasks.

Some of the disadvantages of cloud storage are uncontrollable by the organization. Not all internet connections can handle large data transfers to and from the cloud. In certain circumstances, the infrastructure just isn't there yet.

IT security regulations can also prevent cloud storage. Some laws either outright ban or restrict the usage of the function.

The Best Data Choice

The cloud and local storage can both assist your organization. Audit logs, central backups, and version control can all help secure data handling.


An MSP can help you choose the best options for your business, no matter what. Whether your office needs a small NAS to boost productivity, a local server to connect your business, or cloud storage to open up new resources, an MSP can help.

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Joe Rhino
Joe Rhino

Passion for Kick-Ass ITSM & IT Policy, Collector of Coins, Half-a$$ Outdoorsman, Retired Marine, and owner of ITSM RHINO CRASH newsletter on LinkedIn.


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