So, what's the right strategy for you?
When making the decision regarding your company's back-up methods you should be aware that every back-up model will have it's benefits and drawbacks. However there a few points you can consider that may help you in making the right choice;
1. The amount of data that is regularly stored and accessed across your business.
2. Your current bandwidth capabilities.
3. The number of locations from which you'll need to back-up and transport any back-up systems.
4. Your current back-up costs and overall IT budget.
5. Your current hardware set-up and any necessary upgrades.
6. Your long-term IT strategy and the potential longevity of various back-up methods.
Let's look at the Pros & Con's of each sysem
- Disk or Portable Drive Back-Up
- Disk media is the most popular back-up technology these days, particularly for small and medium sized business. But like any system it has advantages and disadvantages;
- Network Back-Up
- Network back-up is ideal for storing large volumes of data for years even decades. We consider network back-ups a better tool for archiving in business scenarios.
- Cloud is a popular way of storing in a secure, offsite location and depending on your Cloud solution the back-up can occur on either disk, tape or other new technologies such as SSD.
- Basically there are two main ways to back-up your data, Onsite or Offsite (Cloud). Onsite storage means storing your data on a local storage device, such as hard drives, DVDs, magnetic tapes, or CD. Offsite storage requires storing important data on a remote server, usually via the internet, although it can also be done vis direct access.
- Onsite Storage advantages
- 1. Immediate access of data
2. Less expensive
3. Internet access not needed
- However, in the event of a catastrophic event, onsite data storage can be destroyed. For example, if there is a fire in the building, the onsite servers can lose all the data that has been collected on them. In addition, onsite storage units can also be stolen, resulting in a loss of time. money and data.
- Offsite (Cloud) Storage advantages
- 1. Access to data from location, via intenet
2. Data will be preserved in the event of something happening within the business (such as fire)
3. Backup data can be shared with a number of different remote locations
- Just as onsite data backup has some disadvantages, the same goes for offsite storage. For one thing, since the data is stored offsite or in the cloud, if the interent connection goes down you won't be able to access the data, or if you don't have good internet speeds, accessing data can be slow.
When it comes to making a choice between onsite and offsite backup options, it is usually a matter of preference and internet speeds. Some people prefer being able to monitor and keep track of their data. Others, however, choose offsite servers to store their data.
In order to have the most secure system with the lowest likelihood of data lost, we recommend that businesses adopt an onsite-offsite solution. by having onsite and offside backups used in conjunction with each other, a problem in one side of the equation can be offset by recovery from the other side.