Cloud vs. Hybrid Cloud Backup Solutions


Backing up your data is one of the most essential functions that a computer must do.  Backing up your data is also a important security measure that all computer users must consider. Backing up data consists of making a copy of your files and storing them somewhere that is deemed safe.  It is important to store this data in a safe place in case of computer crashes, viruses, hard drive malfunctions, or theft of data.  It is important to keep in mind disaster recovery and securing your data in the event of these issues.  

Cloud Backup

New Call-to-actionCloud backup is a fairly new concept that has taken off in the last five years.  Backing up your data using the cloud has many advantages.  One advantage of cloud backup is that it uses your existing hardware and does not need more equipment.  Software used for cloud backups work with your existing environment, and send secure copies of your data to data centers in various locations.  By using cloud storage, instead of buying hardware, you save on costs. Cloud backups also save the time needed to manage and onsite resource used for backups.  Cloud backups gives the flexibility to pay for what you use and have someone else manage the backups for you.  Many companies are using cloud backups versus the traditional tape backups.

Hybrid Backup

Hybrid backups are a mixture of traditional and newer versions of backing up your data.  A hybrid backup system has many advantages as well.  For instance, if you keep relevant often used data on tapes or a NAS (Network Attached Storage) and in the cloud, it is easier to access when needed.  On the other hand, data that is rarely looked can be stored only on the cloud saving space on your local hardware.  In short, a hybrid backup solution saves storage space while keeping relevant and often used data on site.  A hybrid backup system also protects you from any mistakes that your cloud backup manager may make. Although cloud backup mistakes are rare, a hybrid backup system allows for the most important data to be retained in multiple places.

See also: Five Strategies for Better Computer Backups

Hybrid vs. Cloud Backup

Choosing between a hybrid and a cloud backup will ultimately come down to what type of data you choose to secure.  One factor to consider is how much data is your organization producing.  The more information an organization is producing, the more sense it makes to use a hybrid backup system.  This becomes a factor because straight cloud backups can be restricted by the available bandwidth. 

Organizations with bigger files and complex backup systems are more likely to benefit from a hybrid backup system. In that situation, big jobs can backup locally and not take up as much bandwidth from the organization.  Smaller organizations can use a pure cloud backup because it is being charged per use or by space used.  There is really no way to determine if a hybrid or cloud backup is necessarily better or worse. Each backup serves its purpose in different environments to aid in disaster recovery.  

meWritten By Kevin Gray

Hello! I am the Sales Manager and one of the Senior IT Consultants @ EnvisionIT Solutions. I help our clients envision great technology solutions that help their businesses grow.  Let me know if you have any questions. I am an avid outdoorsman who loves fly fishing and camping. I also love sports – soccer, basketball, football….