• Jim Finnerty

How is Myriad different from businesses like Iron Mountain?

Updated: Apr 24, 2020

Does your organization need secure data and media storage? If so, then you may wonder about cloud vs. physical storage. In this post, we’ll discuss the differences between secure cloud vendors like Myriad and strong physical storage vendors like Iron Mountain.

Organizations have options about how to store years or decades of sensitive data. While digital media storage offers agility and accessibility, it can often take years to implement. So, many companies opt for physical storage.

There are a lot of reasons for not going digital. Sometimes there just isn’t a good way to digitize your data from one medium to another. Other times, you’ve got a master copy that you need to secure in a permanent physical space. And even then, you might be breaking a client’s contract, or worse, the law, by not fulfilling a client’s (or a government’s) stipulations. That’s where companies like Iron Mountain come in.

When to Use Physical Storage (like Iron Mountain)

At Myriad, we also specialize in security. Cloud security, that is.

While Iron Mountain might offer digital storage, they are most well-known for their storage of physical media. Iron Mountain has storage facilities all around the world. But some of Iron Mountain’s more famous storage locations are in former limestone mines.

These facilities are climate-controlled and are designed to store material that is sensitive to sunlight or temperature. Any media that might degrade from exposure or physical touch is safe in Iron Mountain. Some media is just so old or sensitive that it can even disintegrate if it isn’t properly handled.

If your company deals with sensitive contract-bound data, physical storage might be the only legal way to fulfill legal obligations and security needs.

So, if your company has reams of older media, Iron Mountain is a welcome solution. For example, three of the biggest music companies in the world store their massive catalogues of master recordings with Iron Mountain: Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group. They also store rare photographs, and the wills of Charles Dickens and Princess Diana.

Iron Mountain is also good for records that don’t need to be digitized. Old hospital x-rays and corporate microfilm documents may fit this description. (Yet, there’s a good argument for digitizing this data as well.)

So, physical storage might be good for some media. However, it must be kept in a specific location, which drastically reduces accessibility.

When to Use Cloud Security (like Myriad)

If your data is digital—or if you’re digitizing older media—you’ll need to store it electronically. As the world undergoes rapid digital transformation, the advantages to digital data and cloud storage are significant and obvious.

With digital data, you increase your storage options. You also never have to worry about physical media deteriorating. And it’s much easier to manage backups, redundancies, and other preservation needs.

Cloud storage also trumps physical storage when it comes to security strategies. Instead of essentially burying documents and hoping nobody steals them, cloud security can be configured to your needs—while ensuring that you still have complete control and access. With proper encryption and sharding, you can significantly increase the security, availability, and accessibility of your data.

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