A decade ago, the cloud was all any business could talk about. It was a wonderful new technology businesses could celebrate for a myriad of reasons.

We could now store all of our information and data in this far-off land called “the cloud,” and we would never have to worry about massive servers and storage space at our own facilities again.

Fast forward to the present moment, and you’ll notice more and more businesspeople discussing the trending shift away from the cloud. Maybe it wasn’t the wonderful solution we all thought it was.

But how could we know? And what has signaled the shift to bring our data closer to home?

The Demand for Edge Computing

Edge computing, the ability to keep your data storage in-house, or at least much closer to your place of business, offers benefits the cloud just does not deliver on. Indeed, the cloud cannot hope to offer businesses or individuals total cybersecurity, total control of data and information, and uninterrupted rapid speeds.

Edge computing can unequivocally provide these three benefits. And in addition, it offers the potential for tremendous overtime cost savings.

Edge computing means a one-time purchase of hardware and software that is kept on the premises of your business, so your team will have the complete run of servers and all the data stored therein. What this shift back home means is that the only cybersecurity issues you could even have would be if a hacker were to break into your actual facility. Again, you have both control and responsibility here.

It also means that because your data and information are stored in-house rather than on the internet, you have access to higher internet speeds uninterrupted and unmodified by storage issues. You also have more rapid and real-time access to that information. It does not have to “come down” from the cloud.

For businesses that wish to gain greater control and have more access to their own information, edge computing is the obvious answer, and as a result, more businesses are making that shift.

Colocation as a Compromise

Still, while many businesses may desire edge computing, not all business sites have the capacity to store the servers necessary to keep all their data in-house.

Depending on the amount of data and information needed, the space required could equal the size of a large warehouse. It may be impractical to rent, lease, or even buy that kind of space right now and even in the long term.

Enter colocation.

Colocation offers a local edge computing alternative that does not require you to store your data in house. You will also save costs by sharing them with other businesses using the facility for their storage as well.

Rather than pay a one-time fee, you will rent the data storage space from a colocation site and have access to all the same benefits you would have with in house edge computing with none of the above-mentioned problems in cloud computing.

Colocation is ideal for businesses who need to keep their data close to home and out of the cloud, but don’t have a large enough facility to store their data in house.

Risks of Cloud Storage

With cyber-hacking at an all-time high, and security breaches becoming a greater concern than ever, cloud storage simply does not make sense any longer for businesses with secure data to think of.

Edge computing and colocation eliminate entirely the unpredictability of security breaches, a cloud server going offline, cost increases and more.

When you keep your data in house or close to home, you know what to expect, you can hold your team, or your local colocation team, accountable, and you can measure your risks and benefits with regularity and reliability.

Contact Rack59 Today

If you’re ready to begin making the shift to edge computing, but you don’t have the storage facility for your data, Rack59 offers colocation services in Oklahoma.

Contact us today for more information and a consultation for your business today.