Backups in the Cloud or Local: What Should I Choose for My Company

Each user or company has different needs, which is why there is no single backup solution that suits everyone. For this reason, in some cases it is better to rely on local backups, and in other cases, we may be more interested in cloud backups. Factors such as the money we have to invest, ease of access and security can make one or the other more convenient for us.

Without a doubt, we must have one thing clear, and it is not another that we have to make backup copies or backups of our information regularly. The reasons are several, one is that you never know when we can get infected with ransomware, or malware in general that makes the data unavailable, another important reason is because our hardware could fail at any time. Therefore, it is totally advisable to have backup copies in the cloud or at the local level, which at any given moment will avoid a catastrophic data loss.

Backups in the Cloud or Local

Backup in relation to ease of access

We all like to have our files easily accessible. Some users have small hard drives and use backups as secondary hard drive. In the event that we are using an external drive as a secondary hard drive, we must also make a separate backup of this drive. The reason is that it is not convenient to have a single backup, since any day without prior notice, the hardware we use may fail.

In the case of needing to access our backups from anywhere, generally cloud backups are usually the best option. The reason is obvious, we can access our files from anywhere we have Internet access. However, we must ensure that our Internet connection is secure to avoid security problems. Thanks to VPNs, we can ensure the exchange of information and improve our security.

In addition, another positive aspect is that cloud services usually have applications. Thus, thanks to this, the access and storage of files on mobile devices is also facilitated. In this section, we have a clear winner, and it is none other than backups in the cloud.

The security of backups

In this sense, we do not want anyone to access our files, it is in this aspect where local backups acquire more prominence. Only people within our home or office can access the data backup. In addition, to achieve greater security, we can add password protection to our disk and encrypt the backup copies.

On the other hand, with NAS servers, we face the same risks as with any device connected to the Wi-Fi network. In this sense, we must make sure that our network is as secure as possible, and also, use an updated antimalware system since ransomware on our network can affect the data on a NAS server, unless we have configured a policy correct snapshots.

As for cloud services, your backups are only as secure as the security measures taken by the provider. Therefore, if we decide on this option, we must look for a provider that uses strong encryption. The winner in this section for quite a few users is local backups, as they keep your confidential files in their own hands. In this article we have analyzed a cloud storage service of up to 2TB of capacity called pCloud, this service is really interesting because it is as if we had a hard drive in the Cloud, since we will have the possibility to buy the subscription for life.

Data outages, costs and recovery in local and cloud backups

In terms of costs locally, if we buy an external hard drive that would be our only expense. We must also bear in mind that they must be changed approximately every 5 years, depending on the use we give it and the space needs. Regarding backups in the cloud, we had to pay a monthly plan that would theoretically cost us something more expensive. However, they offer us redundancy security, which means that if the provider’s hard drive fails, there is another copy of our data, so we would not ask for it. In this sense, there is no optimal solution, although pCloud could be a good option to have the best of local backups (a lot of space and cheap) and the Cloud (always online).

Regarding the cuts regarding the issue of backups in the cloud, we will depend on our ISP. We will also depend on the cloud service contracted, even the best only offer an uptime of 99.9%. Generally speaking, these communication outage problems rarely occur. Locally, the only thing that would prevent you from accessing the backup would be a hardware failure or a power outage. In this case it would be a tie, because the conditions for not being able to access our copies would be very rare.

As for data recovery with cloud backups, the times to recover them are limited by our Internet connection speed. On the other hand, in a local environment the transfer is much faster, so in this section they would be the winners.

Therefore, choosing between backups in the cloud or locally will depend on what we value the most: security, access, costs and other elements that we have talked about. We recommend you visit our tutorial on 3-2-1 backups where you will find recommendations on how to make the best backups.