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Appropriate Data Backup for Your Organisation – The Cloud Vs On-Premise

Businesses all over the world have maintained their cautious mindset – and for good reason. The world of work has been even more unpredictable than normal over recent times due to the unexpected – and unwelcomed – arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic that has plagued us since 2020.

Many business owners were shocked into the realisation that they need to be achieving the maximum possible from the tech at their disposal. They must ensure that their teams are working as efficiently as possible, and that in the eventuality of ‘another Covid-19’ or similar business defining disaster that they are backed up.

As we outlined in the previous article, Cloud computing was by far the most common method for most in their attempts to weather the storm that was Covid-19. Its abilities to allow teams to work from anywhere with a stable internet connection were the saving grace for many organisations around the world. Some of those that adopted an at least partially remote team with the help of the Cloud in order to continue business liked it so much that they have continued the practice – it is anticipated that the most popular way of working in the future will be remotely.

In the previous article we looked at the Cloud from an unbiased point of view, we dissected both its positives and negatives and concluded that the Cloud simply isn’t for everyone, as some need to continue using their on-premise IT and others need a hybrid of both methods.

We will now explore the positives and negatives of on-premise IT and, hopefully, assist you in deciding whether it is right for your business.

 

The positives of On-Premise IT and Local backup

  • Access – no matter the circumstances

A particularly big difference between the Cloud and on-premise IT – and arguably the biggest reason some organisations avoid Cloud computing – is that, regardless of the quality of your internet connection, you are still able to perform vital work functions. The Cloud – as we have already explored in our previous article – does require a constant internet connection to be able to work.

  • You are only dependant on yourself

As we explored in our previous article, business owners don’t like relying on others, wanting to be in control and knowing that they have the power to make changes whenever they see fit. With on-premise IT you are completely self-reliant; making it a very desirable method for business owners. Your only concern is your own systems that you are reliant upon and nothing else.

  • Large volumes of data can be recovered quickly

With no internet connectivity requirements it is much faster to recover large volumes of data from a local backup in comparison to the Cloud.

  • Staying in the know

A Cloud provider may store your data anywhere, if you are not careful that may even be out of the country. When working with local backup you know exactly where your data is 100% of the time.

 

The negatives of On-Premise IT and Local backup

  • The upfront investment and continued cost

Cost is a key driver for every business owner, and on-premise IT can be very expensive. The hardware, software, and other services not only need to be purchased – which can be very expensive – but need to remain operational to a very good standard, and this is without mentioning that peak performance is only temporary. On-premise IT solutions typically have a lifespan as short as five years on average – to put this simply, every five years you will need to fork out potentially thousands of pounds to ensure that your system is running as efficiently as it should be. This means that ROI isn’t guaranteed.

  • Inability to scale

The Cloud offers the ability to scale at your whim, but on-premise can’t. Scaling will mean spending out on new infrastructure which – as we just mentioned – can be a very expensive venture, and if unexpected – as was the case when Covid-19 struck – you will stand no chance of doing this quick enough. In regard to backup, not only will you need to invest in new infrastructure to continue working, but you will also need to invest in more hardware and software to support the larger volumes of backup data you have.

Both the Cloud and on-premise IT have their positives and negatives. Unfortunately, we can’t decide for you here, as we don’t know about the needs and desires of yourself or your organisation. You need to base your decision on what is best for you and your team, and most importantly the success of your business. As much as we can’t decide for you, after a brief conversation we can advise you in making the best decision for your business. Contact us now for expert consultancy and advice.

  • No protection in the event of a local disaster

When local backups are located close to the data source or on a local system, in the event of a disaster your backed up data is just at risk as the normal data. There is no point backing it up at all if you are just going to leave it in the original vulnerable place. This is why having an off-site copy (Cloud copy) is always recommended.

 

Appropriate Data Backup for 2022

Using the tools at your disposal correctly will ensure value. You have the power to revolutionise the way your organisation produces work. We can ensure that you implement the right tools, use them correctly, and plan for the future with those tools as important assets in the prolonged success of your organisation. Our success can be attributed to one thing: TRUST. Ever since our very first year in business our clients have been happy to recommend us to other businesses, and we have grown steadily as a result of these recommendations. We can help you to truly get the best from your IT in the most secure way possible. Don’t hesitate – contact us now!

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