Backup Office 365 Data: On-Premises vs Cloud
What do you need from a backup?
- Secure: Their data should be secure from all unwanted intrusion as well from each and every intentional or accidental destruction.
- Accessible: The data that is backup should be fast and easy to retrieve it Process
- Speed: Backup retrieval and storage should be fast so as to the backed up and retrieved with a minimal disruption to your business
- Easiness: The data backups need to be as easy as possible to ensure that your data will be backed up regularly. Ideally, the backup will be automated.
Using on-premises backup
- SecurityYour on-premises backup is only as safe as the hardware. Any portable hardware that can access the backups can also damage the backups, and all the normal hazards that apply to any computer equipment (user error, ransomware, natural disaster, flooding, smoke damage) apply to your backups.
- Ease of useThe more secure you make your backups, the less accessible those backups will be in the event of a data loss.
- SpeedThe speed of an on-premises backup is limited to the speed of the drive, the speed of the computer equipment, and the speed of the cables. More money can create a much faster and robust system, but cheaper systems are likely to suffer from lag.
- AutomationOn-premises backup is usually not automated, so it’s important that regular backups are performed.
Using cloud backups
- SecurityBecause a cloud-based backup is online, it can be hacked. You can mitigate this risk by choosing a backup provider with strong security measures. The best backup providers will also duplicate your data on multiple servers so that a hardware problem with a single server won’t destroy your data.
- Offline AccessA cloud backup is only accessible when you’re online. If your Internet Service Provider gives you choppy or inconsistent service, a cloud backup may be difficult to access without a reliable Internet connection.
- Ease of SetupYour cloud backup solution may offer automated backups, but it could be difficult to properly setup your backups when you first start with a new service. Some backup service providers will walk you through setup with onboarding, but others are complicated to setup and offer little guidance.