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We live and operate in a world where data security is more important than ever. Every day, the information that businesses and costumes rely on is under the threat of attack. Your data is also vulnerable to failure or corruption due to hardware failure, environmental factors, and user error. It is clear, regardless of the environment, it’s a necessity to implement a backup solution.
Backups are often your only recourse to restore or recover your data. There are two basic options when considering backup strategies: on-site or cloud-based.
Cloud-based backup refers to storing data within one or multiple secure data centers. On-site backups refer to any backup location stored in the same proximity as where the data is used. There are primary pros and cons to each solution.
Accessibility: Cloud backups are globally accessible with a stable internet connection and the correct credentials.
Data Assurance: Your data is still available if environmental factors remove accessibility to local equipment.
Multiple copies: When you have your backup in the cloud, your data can be seamlessly backed up across various sites for data redundancy.
Security: Most cloud services will encrypt the data before it is sent to their servers and have rigorous security protocols.
Maintenance: Our team manages and monitors our client’s backups, addressing backup validation errors remotely.
Speed: The speed at which you can retrieve/recover your data depends on your internet connection.
Control: You have total control over how your data is backed up and stored.
Speed: Both backing up your data and retrieving your data from on-site storage will be faster.
Accessibility: You must be in physical control of the media which stores your data. If you don’t have direct access to the storage location/device, your data isn’t available.
Maintenance: You must monitor your backup jobs for failures. You also may need to perform hardware maintenance such as rotating drives, replacing faulty equipment, and ensuring the storage is physically secure.
Setup: On-site backup solutions may require more hands-on work to initialize and will often require licensing for both a software and hardware solution.