In any organisation, data is the lifeblood of a business, because it quite literally keeps the operation running. Knowing the difference between cloud IT backup and on-premise backup can help you make more informed choices for your company.
As time goes by, technology is continually evolving. We are now working with bigger and more advanced systems than ever before, and many businesses are faced with having to decide where to store their data. Some opt for on-site storage, some for off-site storage but more and more are choosing to move to the cloud. Cloud technology is making it easier than ever to store data and often it can result in being more cost-effective too. Our latest blog looks at the different options for back up and storage so we can consider which might be most beneficial for your business.
What is On-Premise storage and backup?
On-premise backups, often referred to as ‘on-site’ are data backups that duplicate your hardware data to a storage device placed in-house. These devices can back up your data manually or automatically and are stored onsite for quick access or physically moved offsite afterwards for archival and safety reasons. Examples of on-premise backup solutions include network-attached storage, storage servers or tape backups.
What is Cloud IT storage and backup?
In simple terms, the cloud stores data in data centres with thousands of servers, sent over the internet using encryption to secure and protect the information. They are highly secured and can allow your organisation to access the servers and data through an internet connection. These are not ‘on-site’ and there are different options to explore when it comes to cloud storage.
What to consider when choosing a backup solution
Traditionally, many businesses opt for on-site IT backup and storage due to its initial simplicity to understand and set up, however, an increasing number of businesses now find cloud-based services a more viable and valuable option due to the following aspects:
1. Recovery Time
Naturally, recovery time will vary depending on the specifications of the solution chosen. If you have an on-site solution you have the benefit of the back up being readily available to recover your data quickly and efficiently, however, if you have an off-site or cloud solution you will need to factor in the time to retrieve the off-site storage. With a cloud solution you will need an active internet connection and time to download the data depending on how large the backup file is.
On-site storage systems for data can be susceptible to vulnerabilities including physical damage, administrative error, and human error. Cloud backups help to reduce these disasters as they are stored in data centres that have redundancy built-in. These centres are also protected by tight security and 24-hour monitoring that ensures your data is secure.
With any on-site solution, it can be costly. You should consider the electrical overheads which include a mixture of electrical usage, power supplies and multiple sets of hard drives as well as air conditioning costs to ensure that these elements do not overheat. The hardware, IT backup and associated systems can have an upfront cost but that is not the only consideration. They will also need upgrades, maintenance, and updates over time.
Different types of off-site storage
To mitigate the risks involved with on-site storage, such as loss of data as a result of a fire or flood at the business premise, many businesses manually remove the hard drive or back up tapes offsite on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. However, this means relying on a member of staff to remember to change the drive or tapes daily, avoiding damage to the hardware in transit and storing it correctly and safely offsite.
The more modern way of storing your backups off-site is by uploading them to the cloud. Cloud storage is being more popular as it simulates the traditional on-site storage data systems, except it is in the cloud. By storing your data backups in the cloud, you remove the reliance on staff remembering to take daily backups and increase the security of your data as don’t need to worry about hard drives failing or tapes being damaged.
As a fully certified backup and recovery specialist, Amitech IT would recommend a combination of both on-premise and off-site storage. The combination of the two allows your business to have instant access to data when you really need it, but also the security of storing your backups safely in the cloud should your on-premise backup solution fail, offering your business true business continuity.
Making IT Solutions stress free
What is the best back up and storage option for you and your business? It is not always easy to work out right away and we would not expect you to rush into a decision, as it crucial for your business to choose the most suitable solution. You need to consider the different backup and storage solutions available to you and work out if they meet your short-term and long-term business goals, as you will need a solution that will grow with you.
If you would like more information about the different types of back up and storage solutions, one of the team at Amitech IT would be happy to talk you through your options.