Cloud Hosting

Cloud or On-Site: Which is Safer?

Written by Amy Hitchmough
Data Storage Hardware

Cloud adoption rates in the UK are steadily climbing. According to a recent Cloud Industry Forum survey:

  • 88% of the businesses and public sector organisations they polled use cloud hosting services
  • 54% also said that they expect to eventually move their entire IT estate to a remotely-hosted cloud.

Cloud Adoption Rates Data

Unfortunately, fears about security in the cloud have slowed this process for many organisations. Risk-aversion and a hesitation because of hardware investments have fed the myths that cloud hosting is unsecured or non-compliant with legal regulations.

However, in 2016, even the Financial Conduct Authority released new guidelines for banks and insurance agencies, saying,

“We see no reason why cloud services (including public cloud services) cannot be implemented, with appropriate consideration, in a manner that complies with our rules.”

With appropriate investigation into who your cloud hosting partner is and how they operate, cloud-based services can offer your organisation so much more than traditional, on-site IT systems. 

So why can you trust the cloud? Here are 3 important reasons. 

1) The Cloud is always improving.

Especially if you are a small or medium-sized business, apportioning valuable resources to IT upgrades is not always possible. With an in-house IT team, you may not be able to devote the same time and attention to innovating or upgrading your IT estate. In fact, many of the recent publicised cyber security breaches (like that of Equifax) have been attacks of on-site, legacy corporate systems, not the cloud! Legacy systems are incredibly vulnerable to hacking, especially if they pre-date the types of cyber crimes which threaten us now.

2) The Cloud offers superior disaster recovery.

Legacy IT systems often rely on infrequent backups without replication to another site. If this is your situation, then cloud hosting can take your backup to the next level with managed DRaaS (Disaster Recovery as a Service). Promising the highest security standards to your customers is only possible if you have a fail-safe plan to recover any lost data. Don’t leave your disaster plan to sort out later! Want to know more? Read our blog post about the differences between Backup and DRaaS.

3) The Cloud offers specialised expertise.

For an affordable price tag, you can access bigger, more powerful data centres located all over the country—not only in your offices. Cloud Service Providers specialise in keeping data safe, and have been evolving to do that better for years. Allow the experts to help, so you don’t have to worry about every detail of your IT systems, and can focus on innovation for your business and customers.


At SysGroup, we understand how important IT security is. We are committed to offering our clients the most powerful solutions for their business or organisation; our years of experience have been distilled into expert advice that you can trust. We’re also passionate about educating people on what the cloud can offer—and how to use it safely. If you’d like to speak to a member of our team about a secure migration to the cloud, you can contact us here. Or, download our whitepaper, all about Jumpstarting Your Journey to the Cloud. 

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