What is the Best Backup Solution: Online or Local?

Best Backup Solution

Enterprises and home users all face the same problems when it comes to backing up and storing their data. Today the cloud offers online backup service to store your data safely. However, there are many concerns when it comes to trusting your data to an online backup service. One of the major concerns is security and paying a yearly fee to store your backup online.

The Pros And Cons Of Online Backup To Local Backup

Pros of Local Backup

  1. Your data backup is stored locally on a hard drive, server, or tape backup.
  2. You can control the security of your data.
  3. It is faster to back up your data locally.
  4. In case of a hard drive failure you can restore your data quickly.
  5. It is easier to access your backup when stored locally.
  6. Local backup is protected from cyber security breaches.
  7. The backup media are easy to move or carry with you.

Cons of Local Backup

  1. The person responsible for backing up your network data has failed to schedule the backup.
  2. A disaster has happened and all the backup tapes were destroyed in the fire or flood.
  3. The backup is not current and your company has lost many important files when the backup was restored.
  4. The hard drive used to back up your data has failed.
  5. Local backups are prone to theft.
  6. The tape backup failed because of a magnetic problem.
  7. Magnetic fields can destroy data on any tape backup.
  8. Your company failed to have redundant backups and the only backup failed.
  9. Humidity can destroy tape backups.

Pros of Online Backup

  1. Your data is encrypted when stored on an online backup service provider.
  2. Backup service providers use high levels of encryption algorithms such as the 448-bit Blowfish, 256- bit, and AED.
  3. When data is backed up online the data transmission is encrypted.
  4. You can access your backup from anywhere using a web-based interface or software.
  5. Your data can be restored easier and you won’t need to carry around external hard drives, tapes, or other storage media.
  6. Your data is protected against natural disasters such as fire, flooding, or earthquakes.
  7. Online backup has data redundancy and mirrored data in multiple locations around the globe.

Cons of Online Backup

  1. You don’t have full control of your data that is stored online.
  2. A slow internet connection will take longer to restore your backups.
  3. It takes longer to upload your backups online than it does to back up to a local media in-house.
  4. Your company is putting all your trust in your internet connection to not go down during backup or restore of your data.
  5. Your data can be at risk if the online storage company servers are hacked from a cyber criminal.
  6. Online backup is harder to secure for sensitive data that requires strict guideline.
  7. If you have lost your internet services it is not possible to access your data or restore your data in case of a disaster.

In Conclusion

Online and offline backup offer any company a secure way to back up and restore their data. However, neither online or offline data backup is better. To ensure the safety of your data it is better to use both online and offline backup.

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