Across the world, data centers are quickly evolving as forward-thinking tech teams like ours press CEOs towards a more secure, more efficient, and more flexible future. Together, as an IT industry, we\u2019ve been screaming it from the rooftops: \u201cIt\u2019s time to migrate data to the cloud!\u201d. All because we\u2019ve known for years that cloud storage is the best move for our teams, particularly for those of us that can\u2019t afford a room full of arrays or technicians to babysit them. Bottom line: The Cloud and, in particular, cloud storage is the future. Full stop.\r\n\r\nWithin the industry, we have all likely encountered similar experiences concerning data storage. Does your business keep a small collection of racks and servers in one cramped and sweltering closet or room? (Oof. I\u2019ve been there. It\u2019s time to migrate!) Are you obsessed with efficiency, humidity, cooling devices and rack space? (Yup, I am too - you should migrate!) Has it been difficult to find great tech support who can confidently handle your existing on-prem storage? (Totally agree - migrate!)\r\n\r\nSo what\u2019s wrong with on-prem? Faced with the expanding universe of data needs, leveraging on-premise storage alone is simply inefficient. It\u2019s bulky, it\u2019s expensive, and it\u2019s risky - it\u2019s like running your own small power plant when you could easily connect to the power infrastructure outside. It\u2019s exciting to watch the commoditization of data storage and the exponential growth in cloud services as IaaS companies master their domain. On-prem storage is going the way of on-prem power plants and buggy whips in the early 1900\u2019s. The roles of Storage Administrators are quickly becoming Cloud Architects.\r\n\r\nThe nature of IT professionals makes us risk-averse. We want to be efficient but never at the cost of reliability or security. We know the imperative, the impact, and the importance of the data we serve. So we often over-design redundancies in exchange for true cost efficiency.\r\n\r\nEnter the cloud. A more efficient, more flexible, and much more easily scalable solution than traditional, on-premise storage models. Not to mention, less expensive and less risky! Until recently, however, leasing data from a private cloud service was cost prohibitive for most of us and felt less secure.\r\n\r\nWhat can we do, you ask? If you\u2019re weighing the costs v. benefits of a large IaaS company like Amazon, Google, or Microsoft, here\u2019s what you need to know: on-premise storage is a dinosaur, and the big three cloud companies are like a mission to Mars. Sure, they\u2019ll save you from the asteroid, but they\u2019re going to cost you a leg and a tail. Let me show you why.\r\n\r\nPRODUCTIVITY\r\n\r\nOn-prem storage means perpetual maintenance. Don\u2019t waste your time and energy managing software releases, patches, and bug fixes. Don\u2019t worry about capacity and performance planning, or technology refresh cycles. Cloud storage means a tremendous reduction in maintenance workload for your IT team. When you migrate to the cloud, you\u2019re free to focus on your core business and look forward, instead of just looking around.\r\n\r\nEFFICIENCY\r\n\r\nCloud storage means you\u2019ll never need more office space for data storage, you\u2019ll never need to rack and stack more hardware, pull power cords, add cooling or raised floor space. Use IT team members to drive business objectives instead of babysitting equipment, and you\u2019ll never have to buy another piece of immediately-obsolete data center hardware.\r\n\r\nCOST\r\n\r\nChoose the right cloud, and you could cut your storage cost by more than 80% this year. Microsoft, Amazon, and Google are expensive. Tiered payment plans are anachronistic, and hidden charges prevent you from accurately predicting cloud expenses. Luckily, there are Reserved Capacity options as well as Pay-as-you-go plans for utmost flexibility and an extreme reduction in IT cost.\r\n\r\nSCALABILITY\r\n\r\nCloud storage allows for unlimited capacity and performance that scales with it. The cloud is elastic which means that when you need to scale up, you can do it on-demand, and you can scale down to fit your business needs., You can\u2019t do this with on-prem storage. Sure, you can scale up and down, but you\u2019re still paying the same price!\r\n\r\nSAFETY\r\n\r\nWhen your data is stored in the cloud, it doesn\u2019t matter where you are or what\u2019s going on in your area. If Mother-Nature strikes, pandemics or states of emergency keep your team away from the office, they can work safely from home because they have access to their data that\u2019s in the cloud.\r\n\r\nSECURITY\r\n\r\nCyber attacks and office break-ins are increasingly common. Don\u2019t let your company be the next big news! Cloud storage protects sensitive and personal information for your team and for your customers with multiple layers of physical and digital security protocols. Plus, security information such as surveillance video can\u2019t be destroyed or taken with the bad guys when they try to cover their tracks.\r\n\r\nSo which cloud company is actually the best? I did the research for you! (You can thank me later.)\r\n\r\nWasabi Hot Cloud Storage is 1\/5th the price and faster than the competition like Amazon S3, Google and Microsoft. Wasabi offers two pricing models, either Pay-as-you-go or Reserved Capacity Storage, and their cloud storage is the single best option for cost-efficient and high performance cloud storage.\r\n\r\nThe last question I\u2019ll answer is what to do with your old storage assets if you\u2019ve already invested in on-prem. Truthfully your enterprise has invested tremendous energy and capital in its on-prem data center, from servers and racks to battery backups, generators and UPS equipment. If you\u2019re still married to your Storage arrays, on-premise storage equipment can still play a role in your business\u2019 data strategy. This \u201chybrid\u201d model employs the use of local and cloud storage to get the best of both: the quick access that on-prem storage offers plus the infinite scalability and low TCO of the cloud!\r\n\r\nAt the end of the day, only you know what works best for your team. My suggestion is to use Wasabi for high-reliability items and keep your most sensitive functions on-prem. Minimize latency by keeping your VDI servers and network in-house, then start looking forward to all the new tasks you have time for! With all that time and energy on your hands, you might even write me a thank you card.