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Cloud VS Physical Backup – Which Is Right for You?

It’s 2019 and data is king, which means protecting that data is an important factor in business continuity for organizations across the country.

It doesn’t matter how prepared or responsible your IT team is – eventually, something will fail, and you’ll be left to handle a situation that leaves your organization without data. Although this is never an ideal situation, how you’ve prepared for it can make a world of difference – and this is where data backups, and how you back up that data, come into play.

There are two main types of data backup, cloud and physical, and each has its own merits and drawbacks. Which you choose depends on what your organization needs and neither choice should be taken lightly.

Physical Backups – The Pros

With physical backups, depending on how you handle them, there’s a good chance you’ll always have your data onsite. So, if a system failure or mishap leads to a business catastrophe, accessing old data may be as easy as accessing older data files onsite. You choose when, what, and how much to backup, and the speed of accessing data is likely to be quicker too – you won’t be limited by bandwidth or connection speeds, and if data is located onsite you won’t need to deal with a third party for access either.

Additionally, security can be a plus in physical backup situations, because your data is going to be as secure as you make it. Plus, with no access to wider networks, it’s difficult for hackers to access critical information remotely, meaning your data is as secure as it’s going to get.

Cloud Backups – The Pros

One of the major drawbacks of physical backups are the space they can take up, and the cloud is the complete opposite. If storage space is limited in your organization, then cloud backups may be the way to go. Since the data is held offsite, it means that you won’t be using any office space for storage of data, and can get that space back for folks to get to work.

Cloud backups have plenty of other benefits too. For many, it’s a more cost-effective solution compared to physical backups. That’s because solutions are scalable and tend to allow pricing for only what an organization needs. So, if an organization doesn’t need a lot of space, annual cloud costs could be less expensive than buying and maintaining physical storage.

Additionally, disaster recovery is a plus when it comes to the cloud. While a natural disaster that affects your office space may ruin physical backups, cloud-stored backups will be safe and sound miles away from the destruction you may be working through.

Physical Backups – The Cons

In short, space is the biggest con. When you physically backup your data, you need to add it to storage drives that require physical space for storage – and if you have enough data to store this can eventually end up filling quite a bit of space.

Additionally, the danger of your data being ruined by a mishap may be higher as well. If that data is stored onsite, and a natural disaster strikes making it impossible to navigate or work from your office space, disaster recovery and accessing data physically stored there may be impossible too.

Cloud Backups – The Cons

Although not necessarily true, there has been a stigma in the past against the security of cloud data storage services. For many, the idea of a “public cloud” seems like their data is shared – but that’s not exactly the truth. Additionally, as cloud services have evolved, private and hybrid cloud systems have evolved to offer more personalized services for organizations seeking something beyond public cloud storage options. However, as long as your data is going to be shared over a network, there’s always a chance someone can access it.

The other factor is the price. The cost of cloud storage is always dropping, but you are going to be paying for it. So as long as you want to keep information stored on the cloud, you can expect regular invoices to keep coming through.

Making Your Decision

One thing is for sure, and that is you’re going to need some kind of reliable backup solution. Whichever you choose is up to the preference of your leadership teams and the needs of your organizations – but either way we can help.

Our team at NENS has decades of experience in both physical and cloud backups, and we’re comfortable running either for your organization. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services, and how our data backup systems can help ensure your organization is always prepared for a worst-case scenario.

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