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Onsite or offsite: Where should your data be?

Posted December 13th, 2017 in Backup and Disaster Recovery, Offsite data storage, Cloud

Every business realizes the importance of data storage and what impact it has on a company’s work processes. There is always a possibility of a system failure and data loss. For this reason, many businesses have set up backup systems, designed to recover lost information. There are both onsite and offsite storage options, and both have certain advantages and disadvantages.

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There is an option of hybrid approach that would combine local onsite data storage and offsite backups for data protection, support, and disaster recoveryYou need to keep in mind that outsourced storage providers are doing the job at scale. They have specialists, the latest hardware and will be all over patching, upgrades and monitoring data for you.

A particular case for sensitive information

When considering a move to offsite storage, it is important to ask whether that should include all your data. Your business might have sensitive information you should keep in-house. That is especially true if that information is what makes your business unique. Not all information in your systems is created equal, and your storage strategy should take that into account.

Speed to recovery

Also, there is the important question of how long it will take to get your data back in the case of a disaster. When the missing data is mission critical, your business could freeze in the time it takes to get it back online.If you have to download terabytes from the cloud, you could be facing a tough wait to get systems back up and running.

The case for hedging your bets

Even if you opt for offsite storage, it might be prudent to hedge your bets. Just scanning the advantages and disadvantages of onsite and offsite storage, it is easy to see how it is possible to have the best of both worlds by retaining some onsite storage at the same time as introducing offsite storage.

 

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