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On-Premise-vs.-Cloud Differences Benefits and Risks

On-Premise-vs.-Cloud Differences Benefits and Risks

Any business relies on data, this is obvious. Especially nowadays, almost every company has its own database with valuable documentation, emails etc., that needs to be stored, operated and secured. Microsoft Office 365 may be a perfect solution for your business operation needs, although you still need to care about security and backup of this Office 365 data.

Once you start to look for backup solutions, you may wonder what is best – cloud or on-premise Office 365 backup. Both ways have pros and cons, so it would be good to understand what is best for your company.

What is on-premise backup?

On-premise or on-site backup solution means that your data is stored locally on certain devices or hardware (disks, tape drives, servers etc.). As far as you have to store the data by yourself, you are the one responsible for its maintenance, monitoring and operation.  

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If your company operates big data, you need to create an appropriate infrastructure with servers, initial network and other hardware. Not every organization can afford such expenses.

What is a cloud backup solution?

Cloud backup is when you give your data to the third party’s already configured storage. Usually, there’s no need to configure such storage, all you have to do is purchase a subscription license and start the backup process. It is a perfect solution for small companies especially for those who require data access from different geolocations and devices.

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So, like any other solution. The cloud backup storage is not perfect. It is not foolproof and still has some security risks. Every major cloud vendor had outages for the last year, although such cases are rare. Nevertheless, many security specialists believe that on premise backup gives the same or even bigger risks. Also, many cloud backup providers offer inbuilt security features. For example, Spin Technology gives not just a backup storage, but also gives automation functionality, version control and regular reports. A special admin panel allows you to manage employees backed up data from one place. 

In general, unforeseen situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic show that remote access to information is a priority for a very large number of organizations. You may want to investigate your data usage during the business process right now and pick a backup method that will work perfectly in your certain case.

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