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IT Corner: Onsite Backup vs Remote Backup

added on Thursday 7th April 2016 at 13:22pm

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IT Corner: Onsite Backup vs Remote Backup
Regardless of the size of the business, every company needs a solid backup system. This means you need to have a robust backup strategy to keep all your business data safe so as to avoid the loss of crucial information in the event of a mishap.

When it comes to creating a backup, businesses typically have two main choices: onsite and remote backup. Onsite backup refers to storing data on a local storage device, such as hard disk, CDs PenDrives, and hard drives. Remote backup, on the other hand, calls for storing data on an offsite server which can be accessed via the internet.

Both online and remote backup has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Onsite Backup


  • Quick Access to Data: With onsite backup, you can store your data within the premises. This allows for quicker access to the stored data without requiring you to have a strong internet connection.
  • Low Cost: Hard drives are inexpensive storage units, so they can be purchased in large quantity to make enough room for storing additional data. This may be particularly beneficial for small companies having the need for storing limited amount of sensitive data.
  • Installation: Hard drives are easy to install and manage. Using a backup software manual, businesses with limited professional capabilities can easily backup their data without external assistance.


  • Security: Hard drives, magnetic tapes, CDs, and other onsite storage devices are almost always vulnerable to data theft. Any financial or sensitive business information stored within the device may fall into wrong hands leading to serious consequences.
  • Damage: As onsite backup remains in the same location as your office, it may get affected if any accident or disaster hits the site. This means, you may be left with no data to resume your business operations post-disaster.

Remote Backup


  • Multiple Copies of Data: Remote backup system like cloud backup is typically stored on multiple servers at different locations. If one stops working, your data can be retrieved from another location without any hassle.
  • Security: Data is encrypted by the backup service program on your system before it is sent to be stored at a remote server. This ensures that your data is safe and protected against all potential data risks.


  • Cost: Remote backup system is relatively expensive in comparison to onsite backup. While it may cost a little higher, it is worth the investment given the security and accessibility of the solution.
  • Speed: In the case of offsite backup, your data retrieval capacity depends upon the speed and efficiency of your internet connection. If your internet connection is slow, it may take hours to retrieve the required data.

This is a guest blog post written by David Thompson who is the current IT Manager for WCF Ltd. David will be writing a monthly article as part of the "IT Corner" column / slot. We hope you find these snippets of IT knowledge useful!