Whether you run a small or large business, data backup is an essential routine that you must perform to protect all your data. It is for the safety of your company. The process of backing up your data can be done remotely through a file server or locally using tapes, discs, DVDs, external hard drive or the local drive.
There are advantages and disadvantages of local and remote data backups. Here are a few:
A very effective way to back up your data is to store it on portable storage devices. These include CDs, USBs, DVDs, external hard drives and the local hard drive, where you can easily retrieve the data you want to access. Local data backup is an advantage because it can be done quickly and easily, especially now that there is software that can backup your computer and all your files. As soon as your computer crashes, all your files can be retrieved from your storage devices and also your operating system where you can restore it to a specific backup point. This is usually used by most individuals and some small businesses.
Remote backup is widely used today due to a number of advantages. First, it can provide peace of mind if you have a data backup in a safe place outside of your infrastructure or business location. Whatever happens in the workplace, you can be sure that all your important files are protected. Most large companies use this method of data backup. Second, with the emergence of global outsourcing, remote data backup has become more popular as multinational companies’ data is safe in their own location (i.e. in their country) while being used by their offshore sites. They have the assurance that all their data is secure.
While local data backup is the easiest and fastest way of data backup, there are also drawbacks. You are never sure of any calamity that could happen, such as a fire or flood. Not only can your computer be ruined by these calamities, but also all your storage devices that contain your data backup. Moreover, it is not uncommon for us to sometimes forget things. You never know, you may forget where you store your USBs. Your files can be lost forever.
A disadvantage of storing your files remotely is the transfer speed. Remote data backup may take a while depending on the speed of your transmission devices. A high-speed LAN can send quickly, but others can be problematic due to upload issues and firewalls.
A good suggestion is to use both local and remote backup to ensure that you have your data secured against all odds.