Backup hard drive (disk-based backup) solutions provide businesses with many benefits, from ease of access to the ability to keep hackers out effectively. Though much of the current conversation in the backup space is centered on the cloud, hard drives still serve a valuable purpose. Even as businesses look for new cloud-based solutions, they should keep an eye on hard drive systems for their storage, backup, and disaster recovery needs.
According to Business Insider, there are three reasons that any company should develop a hard drive backup system over the cloud. For one, large volumes of data in the cloud will take a while to copy and recover over slower broadband connections. On-site backups are also more easily tested and assessed. Finally, hard drive solutions make virtualization a more plausible disaster recovery solution.
The news source stated that the cloud is not a poor backup choice, but simply that it should be secondary to a hard drive system. Should a natural disaster occur, hard drives could be damaged, eliciting the need for a secondary method of protection. However, with the benefits that hard drives provide, this option should not be ignored. When it comes to disaster recovery software, every business should err on the side of caution.
Data recovery needs to be swift should loss occur, and downloading data from the cloud can be a time-consuming process, especially if the company doesn’t deploy deduplication or an organization strategy. Hard drives solve this problem by speeding up the process and helping the business organize backup data at any time. Tape, on the other hand, is stored off-site and is not nearly as accessible, proving to be even more time consuming as a server backup solution.
Ultimately, disaster recovery should meet the general needs of a business. Luckily, it is difficult for a hard drive system to not meet general operational needs, especially when backed up by the cloud.