SHOULD YOU CHOOSE CLOUD OR LOCAL BACKUP?

Austin, Texas– The main question that is asked by consumers in this technological era is “How do I know my information will not be lost at any given time?” Some companies have come up with various options as to have data that is written, and storing it somewhere safe where users can resort to it and any given time.

What is a Backup?

 Devices have been created in order to have the blissfulness of having all and any information in safekeeping. This process is called “Creating a Backup, and it has been an important milestone to the computing industry. This action creates a compressed file of every inch of data in users’ hard drives. Essentially, when this process is made, the software within the Operating System gathers all the information from the computer and generates a snapshot of how everything is set up as well as any files. These files include pictures, documents, and applications.

Once all this information is gathered, it is pressed together and withholds every detail in all settings. The details can include any bookmarks, personal configurations, and even as detailed as to what wallpaper is set up at the point of backup. All this information is pressed into a file that is then stored in a designated storage device.

Consumers have various options as to where to save these files and they have the freedom of choice between storing within Cloud Storage or Local Storage. Consumers can choose what is most beneficial in their specific situation and needs. This article will further explain about all these options and what benefits are offered.

Types of Different Backup Solution Companies

There are various different companies that have released ways of backing up devices. Some of the most known companies such as Apple, Dropbox, Google, Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Drive SanDisk and Harold Technology Group offer Website Backup Cloud storage services and support. These companies along with many others are available to customers as an option to safely store important information.

Some companies offer between Local and Cloud Storage. What states the difference between these two options is the availability of having a network to be connected to. These companies have given consumers the ease of variety of options. Options include whether consumers want to store locally to an External Hard Drive, or use online services for cloud storage.

Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Drive and SanDisk all offer options for customers to purchase Devices for saving their Data locally. Companies such as Harold Technology Group, Google, Apple and Dropbox all offer options as to saving backups through online cloud storage. Consumers have adapted the idea that the options available offer an array of different solutions as to fit a specific need.

Comparing Local and Cloud Storage Backups

When choosing between local and cloud storage, there is a main question consumers take into account, and that is whether or not the user will be connected to a network. This question answers what route people should take. For instance, if the users are going to be a part of a company that requires multiple devices connected, the best option is to go with cloud storage. The benefits will definitely be resilient as to how much data can be communicated between all those computers. When cloud storage is used it gives the users the availability to have the devices communicate within their own network community. When backups are stored within cloud storage, it gives ease as to installing that necessary information by a simple download from the online storage facility. This option also offers the benefit of liberating space in devices. By saving all information in online storage, no data is saved directly onto the hard drive therefore will not take up space. Most see this option as the most optimal because cloud storage can’t be tampered with and can’t be lost or misplaced.

Locally saving a backup is beneficial as to need specific information at a specific point and time, possibly being in an instant where users are not connected to a network and/or access to Internet capabilities. Locally saving backups states that all necessary information is being written and saved onto a physical external hard drive. This use is seen as useful when users are attempting to access data while traveling or possibly in a unique situation here there is no network available. Western Digital, Seagate, LaCie, G-Drive and SanDisk, with a variety of other companies, have released devices as to where to save any important and vital information. These devices are light, portable and come in different storage size capacities. Ranging from 32 GB to 5 TB of storage, these Hard Drives offer users the choice of having all information at the palm of their hands.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Cloud storage may be the new thing in data backup, but like any other technology upgrades, it comes with pros and cons.

CLOUD STORAGE                                                                                    

Advantages

  • Cost Effectiveness

This is the popular version of what consumers choose to use out of their pocket. When using a cloud storage service provider, they don’t have to own or maintain any of the hardware or software associated with backup storage. Simply pay a monthly fee/annual fee to store their data.

  • Accessibility

Cloud platforms run throughout the internet. When users use cloud storage, they can access their data from any connected device, such as a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet by simply just logging into their cloud account and all of their stored data is there ready to access. Easy and simple.

  • Flexibility

Cloud storage systems are highly extensible. Users can have as much or little space as they need, and most providers allow them to add storage capacity on demand.

  • Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage is a remote backup solution, users data is safe in the event of an on-site affliction. Website Backup is also a much faster process, since there’s no physical equipment involved in getting the files back. It’s important to plan for future disasters. Make sure you don’t lose anything important by checking out what would be the benefits of switching to the cloud for my business.

Disadvantages

  • Speed

Depending on the amount of information users are saving to their data, creating a full backup to a cloud storage platform can take a long time to process because transfer is limited to your bandwidth (strength of connection between two devices) and connection speed.

  • Security

This has become less of an issue as cloud service providers have made the shift from a brand-new technology to an established and competitive industry, there are still security risks associated with remote storage solutions. The internet is not 100 percent safe from hackers all over the world and malware (computer viruses).

  • Control

For businesses with highly sensitive large amount data, an inability to retain complete control over the storage process can be a drawback with website backup.

LOCAL STORAGE

Advantages

  • Security

Most people like the idea of storing their information in an external hard drive. Local backup is the form of external hard drives, the data is just as protected as their network. Once stored and the drive is unplugged it’s safe from any attacks that might affect the user, but be alert to be connected to your nearest hardware to save all of the data.

  • Speed

The speed is not limited by connectivity. It takes a fraction of time to backup information to a external hard drive. Users can choose to backup daily and can be done in few minutes.

  • Control

A user will always know where they stored their information with Local Backup and they retain control over who can and can’t access to their files.

Disadvantages

  • Cost

The investment in a local hardware backup system is typically more expensive depending how much data needs to be backup.

  • Flexibility

With local storage, the storage space a user can have it on hand and ready to go. If they need to increase more storage capacity, they just need to invest in more hardware.

  • Accessibility and Disaster Recovery

Local backups are only accessible from the physical storage device. Keep in mind if something were to happen to the hardware device if a disaster affects a business owners home or workplace etc. it could be destroyed too. Most consumers like using both for that reason in making sure they have additional sets of data to keep in an offsite location, but this involves a little more because the offsite backups work since it needs to be brought in for updating when data changes.

For more information about Harold Technology Group’s website backup and products, visit web.haroldtechnology.com or contact us at 512.910.2974. Visit the main company’s website at www.haroldtechnology.com. Follow us on Facebook, Linkedin and find us on Instagram as @harold_technology.

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