Ensuring that a business is running smoothly, no matter the circumstances is the highest priority for any manager or business owner. Part of this entails making sure that your data is backed-up, whatever the method. The ongoing debate about data backup revolves around on-premise and cloud backups. There are arguments for and against using each one of them. Typically, the debate focuses on the quality of the data disaster recovery process that each one offers.
Yet, there are several confusions about how exactly these backup methods function. Read on to find out the essentials about on-premise and cloud backups, and decide which is more appropriate for your business.
What exactly are cloud backups?
“The cloud” is just a vast number of data centers that run on a large number of servers. The servers ensure that the data centers have enough power to run in a smooth manner and take care of your data.
These data centers allow companies, as well as individuals, to access them and restore their data. This often requires nothing more than an internet connection (usually accompanied by a monthly fee you pay to the company providing the cloud services).
There are many services that offer cloud backup. Most people are familiar with big names such as Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc. However, there is also a plethora of specialised private services that cater to larger companies and organisations, as well as businesses with more specific needs.
Many choose cloud over on-premise backup, and for obvious reasons. The cloud is immune to natural disasters such as floods, fire, and other similar occurrences. You can access your data with just a handful of clicks.
But, there are still dangers that come with using cloud backup
Hackers and criminals could access and steal your data in case the company doing your backup has insufficient privacy protection measures in place.
Furthermore, depending on the volume of data, the monthly fees can prove hefty. Companies often charge small fees for each data request. In the event of a disaster, you might be doing a large number of data requests and transfers, which can amount to higher fees.
If you want to go for a cloud solution, you will need experienced and reliable professionals that can guide you through the process of choosing the right solution. The cloud provider that you choose must be diligent in taking care of your data and making sure it’s properly stored.
If you work with our seasoned professionals at InspiredTechs, you won’t have to waste time researching cloud providers. We’ll take care of it for you.
What about on-premise backups?
On-premise backups are suitable for those companies that want quick and easy physical access to their data. The data is often safely stored on-site at the company. It may also be moved to an entirely different physical location that belongs to the company doing the backup.
Either way, the data is stored locally, whether on hard drives, discs or servers. Even if a company stores their data on a server at a location that’s miles away (off-site), this still counts as “on-premise.”
On-premise solutions are practical and most people view them as safe. But, an on-premise backup can also be costly due to the large volumes of disk space that you may have to purchase.
Additionally, some companies request premium fees for a subpar service. Not to mention that software and hardware maintenance, as well as electricity and personnel costs, can go sky high as the volume of data that needs a backup increases.
The ability to scale is one of the biggest advantages of cloud computing. When you need more resources, you can have them immediately. Moreover, you don’t have to install new hardware or infrastructure. That allows you to grow your business without expensive modifications to your infrastructure.
With any on-premise solution, you pay for the servers and infrastructure, regardless of whether your needs are high or low. In some cases, you might pay for IT capacities you will never use. Or the company will take them back after they finish working with you.
The most important metric when it comes to backups is the disaster recovery time. Getting your data back quickly after a disaster hits (whether natural or malicious) is an absolute must.
Recovery times vary but don’t expect to get your data back in an instant. This is especially true for on-premise backups. Sometimes, it takes days or weeks. Other times, it may even take months to recover all your data.
This is why cloud backups are sometimes the preferred backup method. In the event of cloud data recovery, the entire process can take anywhere from minutes to several hours. It depends on the quality of the internet connection and the size of the data.
But even then, business continuity can come under threat in the event of a power outage, a fire that engulfs the servers of the company providing the backup, or a hacker attack. This can make the recovery expensive and challenging and may require infrastructure and staff investments.
You could let your internal IT department handle your backup and recovery strategies. However, most businesses today are discovering that outsourcing to a specialised third party is a lot more cost-effective.
An IT service provider that specialises in dealing with security issues on a daily basis will better satisfy your security and backup needs than an under-resourced IT department.
This includes things like crafting the perfect business continuity plan, as well as training your own employees to perform better.
If you choose to work with InspiredTechs, you get access to our team of professionals who always ensure swift recovery in the event of a disaster. Our commitment to excellence means that our team will be available to assist you anytime, anywhere.
Moreover, we will provide alternatives to each and every possible disaster scenario. This will ensure that whatever the case, your data will be recovered painlessly.
What’s the verdict?
On-premise recovery solutions are still more stable and produce faster results. A fact if you’re in Australia and experience issues with NBN broadband.
But, cloud backups are slowly becoming the preferred option, and they will only get faster and more secure with time. Yet, even though there are affordable cloud services, security risks are still prevalent in the field.
It is in the interest of cloud companies to offer better security for their customers’ data. However, we constantly hear of breaches that happen to the best of them.
In the end, it will depend on your specific business situation and needs. If you need help deciding, it’s a lot easier when you have an IT services provider on your side. When you have a professional team handling your IT, you just know everything works as well as it can.
This will include choosing the right backup solutions for you, implementing them as well as training your staff. Whether you’re still considering it or have decided to outsource your IT hassles, feel free to contact us with all of your questions.