Cloud vs. Physical Server Backup: Both may be key

Cloud vs. Physical Server Backup: Both may be key

April 22

Only forty percent of businesses have a disaster recovery plan, according to a study by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council. As the number of threats to businesses increases, so should the diversity of their data backup solutions.

Maintaining an online backup in the cloud makes data accessible remotely regardless of disaster conditions. If a user can obtain an internet connection, he or she can get to essential information. This is a double-edged sword in some ways, though. It may leave sensitive business data open to possible compromise to the likes of Trojans and hackers.

Having a backup hard drive or digital tape record means that you can export and store these files safely in an off-site facility. These records will remain encrypted and kept free of internet attackers.

Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

But businesses investing in these types of storage should also consider geographical factors. A company may not want its data storage provider to be in the same location. Widespread disasters like hurricanes or floods would make data unobtainable.

The best plan might be having multiple backups to facilitate disaster recovery. Keeping information for day-to-day operations in the cloud and storing older or sensitive data with a third-party tape media management provider will increase the likelihood of business continuity.