Onsite or offsite data backup: which option is best for your business?
Posted on June 22, 2018
There are two primary options available to business when it comes to data backup: onsite or offsite.
The traditional method is utilising onsite technology, which typically involves housing data in servers within your organisation. But in the modern world, more and more businesses are turning towards cloud-based options, where the data is siloed on remote servers.
There are positives to be had for both methods, so which one is best for your business?
Internal backup: the pros and cons
Storing your data on servers housed within your organisation has obvious security benefits, as you are not giving any third parties access to it. However, that’s not to say it cannot be breached—if it’s linked to your network, a security threat means your backup can also be compromised.
Keeping your storage inhouse minimises the load on your network, but a disaster like a fire (or even a natural disaster) could put your backup at the same risk as your primary systems.
Typically, storing onsite is also an expensive option, as you need to have the hardware and the expertise required to maintain it all.
One of the immediate benefits of cloud storage is the eradication of expensive in house hardware options. Cloud backup solutions are also scalable and can deliver you the precise volume of storage that your company needs—be it large or small.
Backup and restoration can be conducted on any device in your network with a network connection, and your system can be backed up every 15 minutes, meaning the restoration point will be extremely close to the time of a disaster.
With advanced in network connectivity and smarter backup solutions that dedupe and only update changed information, Cloud-based backup options are fast becoming attractive to businesses due to the explosion in the volume of data that needs to be managed.
Onsite backup: an ageing system
Regis Aged Care is one company that Vocus assisted in the transition from onsite backup solutions to offsite.
Previously, Regis had one data centre that housed all their applications. That meant if disaster struck, they would have to buy the equipment again and manually reinstall the applications.
Vocus assisted Regis in migrating its backup from its onsite data centre across two third-party facilities, which means data recovery was slashed from days to just minutes.
The cost difference was negligible as well, Regis Aged Care Chief Information Officer David Thompson said.
"With Vocus, we now have superior disaster recovery capability,” he said. “We can have every application back up-and-running within 15 minutes with no data loss.
"Ultimately, we’re better able to help the business comply with its service model: living with support. That’s good for IT, as well as the business, but most importantly, great for our clients."
Vocus cloud backup solutions
Vocus offers Cloud Backup as a Service (BaaS), which gives you complete control over your backup data. Best of all, you’re granted the knowledge that your data is safely and affordably housed remotely.
The key difference between Vocus' BaaS and other cloud-based options is the level of control you have. The official application gives you complete access to your data at all times, as well as the ability to initiate a system restore within minutes. Backups can be virtually audited to ensure that backup profiles are sound.
Your data is also secured by encrypted data transmission, and a highly resilient storage environment. Top it all off with experts monitoring the hardware and software 24/7.
This is a cost-effective model as well, with a pay-as-you-use model and de-duplicated data to reduce storage fees.
Contact Vocus today to discuss the best cloud solution for your business to ensure your backup data is housed securely.