Onsite vs offsite storage – Which is better?

May 6, 2015Downtime and Business Continuity, Tech Tips and Industry News

Every business has crucial information in their framework that needs to be safely stored. Some companies have more critical information than others, but the question becomes where do you store this information?

It really comes down to two choices: onsite or offsite backups. There are pros and cons for each option, but every company needs to make an individual decision about what’s best for their setup.

If you’re not sure which one is best for your company here are a few points about each type of backup.

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Onsite Backups: This option is, typically, the most inexpensive method, but it’s also more time consuming. The process can involve burning data to DVDs, utilizing hard drives or even storing the information in an online manner. The key to this method is remembering to consistently back up your system in order to ensure that your backups are up to date. Scheduling a specific day and time to back up your information and keeping to a rigid schedule is a must in order to keep your backups secure and accurate.

Offsite Backups: The obvious benefit of doing an offsite backup is the reliability and security it provides. While these elements are coupled with a higher price tag, this option might be worth it if you’re prone to forgetting to backup your information yourself. Having an outside company handle your backups means that you will have regular backups as well as access to them via the internet of FTP. Another benefit to having offsite backups is the assurance that you don’t need to worry about your backups being destroyed in any kind of storm, disaster or file.

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At the end of the day, choosing between onsite and offsite backups comes down to personal preference. Some prefer being able to monitor their data more closely onsite, while others choose offsite servers to maintain their data until they need it.

Some people will institute a combination of onsite and offsite storage to utilize the benefits of each system for the needs of their company. We’d love to discuss this topic more if you have additional questions or concerns.

 

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