Cloud Storage v. Hard Drive Storage


Which is right for your file backup?

There are two main methods in of data backup and storage:

  1. Through a third-party cloud storage service
  2. Through a physical external hard drive

Depending on the nature of your data, one solution may work better for you than the other. It is important to understand the distinct advantages and disadvantages of both methods in order to decide which method is best for you. 


Hard Drive Storage

Local storage and external hard drives prove to be cheaper than cloud storage as they forgo the cost of a periodic subscription fee with one upfront cost. However, there is a restriction on the amount of data one can store on one physical hard drive, possibly forcing the consumer to buy a larger drive or manage multiple drives. Simply put, the more space one needs on the drive, the more they’ll pay.

When using a hard drive for backup, data is directly taken from individual computers, desktops, or portable hard drives and is duplicated onto a physical hard drive. This is advantageous for security reasons, as the physicality of the server lessens the likelihood of being hacked. For an individual to hack into a hard drive, that individual would need to have personal and direct access to the desktop, computer, or hard drive in order to obtain any files. Hard drive storage is disadvantageous due to the fact that hard drive backups are more susceptible to failure and loss.  If the hard drive is physically damaged in any way, the user could potentially lose all stored files.


Cloud Storage

Cloud storage provides unlimited access to stored data from any web browser allowing for flexibility, usability, and on-the-go security. It allows for data storage and protection from any internet-connected device.

One of the major advantages of cloud storage its ability to handle disaster recovery. In any business, an emergency backup plan is vital to ensure protection against the consequences that can come with a data breach or loss. Cloud storage can provide peace of mind to businesses as it equips them with a second copy of all files, accessible anywhere with an internet connection. Cloud storage provides both a consistent and reliable place to store data, but also a centralized location to restore data from.  Cloud storage is also natively less susceptible to failure, as it is stored on an array of drives with built-in redundancy and the ability to hot-swap out a failed drive.  


The Takeaway

The takeaway is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for data backup. However, as the world becomes more virtual and people are expected to constantly be available via smartphone, businesses are leaning toward cloud storage as a solution that allows them access to their data anytime, anywhere. 

Want a storage solution that’s tailored to fit your unique business? Contact Armada Cloud today to learn more about how our services can take your business further. 

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