Computers have become an indispensable part of our everyday life. They contain our business data, personal information, sent and received emails and lot more. However unless our computer files are backed up on a regular basis there is a risk that our information could be gone at any moment.
There are of course lots of ways for backing up your files. You can record them to tape, write them in a DVD or external hard disk or alternatively upload them to one of the many cloud backup services currently in operation.
Backing up your data on the cloud is still a new concept and many people still get confused about the basic differences between traditional backup and cloud backup. In this post we’ll examine the major differences between these two types of backups.
The Nature Of Backup
One major difference between these two methods is their nature of making the backups. Cloud backups perform the task automatically, without you having to do anything. Once you have set up a schedule for the backup process, the desktop client will start the process automatically.
You may, for example, want to backup your documents everyday, mails every week and other files once a month. This could be done easily with cloud backup services.
On the other hand, the traditional backup methods require you to perform the process manually. You have to copy and paste the files yourself. There is no way of scheduling your backups in this way.
Extra Hardware Requirements
In order to backup your data in the traditional way, you will need extra hardware like external hard drives, DVDs or other type of storage devices. These will set you back hundreds of dollars and require proper maintenance. Even after the backup, your data is not safe until you store the storage devices to another location.
Cloud backup services do not have any of these problems. With these services, you won’t require any additional hardware. The only thing you will need is a decent internet connection for uploading your files to the cloud. What’s more, your uploaded data could be copied into several places at once in order to make it even more secure.
Spend As You Grow
With cloud backup, you can choose the required amount of storage and expand it gradually. This is rather more difficult with traditional backup systems. The traditional storage devices are of some specific sizes, meaning you’ll have to choose one from them. There is no way of adding 1GB of extra storage in this way.
When you are using the cloud backup services, you can add 1GB of storage for about $0.15 per month. This brings us to another special difference between these two; when you buy a physical storage device, you completely own the device. But when you are using a cloud backup service, you have to renew your storage every month (or in some cases annually).
When you store lots of data in your traditional storage devices, they will become slower and provide poor performance over time. What’s more, you don’t get the advertised amount of storage in these devices. For example, a 320GB external hard drive won’t let you use the full capacity of the device.
However, cloud backup doesn’t have to deal with any of these issues. Assuming that you have chosen a reliable cloud backup service, you will always enjoy the same performance no matter how much data you store on them. You also get to use the full size of the allotted capacity.
Traditional backup options have the same risks as your computer. Being physical devices, they could be damaged, lost, stolen or get corrupted anytime. They only provide you with an additional option, not the ultimate security for your data.
But cloud backup services are generally thought of as completely secure. As your data will be encrypted and could be copied into several servers and services, you will always have the option of retrieving them.
Saving your important data on the cloud lets you secure them from any unexpected events, which traditional backup services couldn’t do it. No matter how cautious you are, there is always the possibility that your computer could be infected by virus, trojan, spyware, ransomware and the likes. Your hardware could fail at any time.
Though you can replace the faulty hardware with a new one, you won’t get back your lost data. While there are data recovery applications, none of them guarantee that it will be able to recover all the lost data. In contrast if you choose to backup your data to the cloud, you won’t have to worry about any of these events anymore.