We get asked frequently if a company should use a local backup vs a cloud backup. To help define a local backup, think of a hard drive attached to your laptop or computer. For cloud backup think of your information in a remote location.
Everyone used to have an external drive attached to a laptop or server just in case the Windows OS failed or the internal hard drive died. This was a great way to backup your data but is a single point of failure. When we mean a single point of failure, we mean what if both your external and internal hard drive died at the very same time? This happens very often and is a false sense of security.
The positive of a local backup is that it’s cost-effective and you can save on monthly backup cost. It also is a great way to keep your data private. You can also backup multiple computers for free, but again there is more to think about. Fire? Possibility of dropping and breaking the hard drive? Possibility of losing your drive? Ransomware that locks you out of your data?
Local Backup vs Cloud Backup – Let’s look at Cloud Backup.
Local backup vs a cloud backup, well the simple answer is cloud backup! Working with reputable cloud backup providers is a must though! Encryption of your Data at the highest level is also a must! Cloud backup helps in multiple ways.
- Your data is offsite and can be recovered in case of a fire.
- If you get hit with ransomware your data is not affected. Assuming you are using a good cloud provider.
- No worrying about hard drive failures.
- No one stealing your data! Unless you use a cheap un-encrypted solution.
- Cloud backup is much cheaper now.
Of course, the negatives are monthly charges and some remote backups take extra time to restore. However, when you think of the loss of all your data VS a small monthly fee to protect it, we would always recommend going with a monthly fee. Your data is precious so don’t risk it.
Many of our clients do not know what cloud backup service to use or how to install it. That is where Corporate Design Solutions can help. Our experts work with many different cloud providers and can give you the pros/cons of them all.
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