Backing up Office 365 Data: On-Premises vs Cloud
|You already know that you need to be backing up your Office 365 data. But would it be better to backup your data on-site or to use a cloud backup?
What do you need from a backup?
In most cases, you’ll need a backup to protect your data from ransomware, employee error, malicious internal attack, third-party integrations, and accidental overwrites. For every backup method you use, you’ll want to make sure it meets the following SAFE criteria:
Using on-premises backup
If you decide to go with an on-premises backup, it will usually cost you a little more up-front, but it might wind up being cheaper in the long run. You’ll need the appropriate storage hardware (hard drives), and you’ll need it setup to easily backup your data.
On-premises backup is susceptible to the following vulnerabilities:
Your IT department can mitigate a lot of these vulnerabilities, given the right tools and equipment. Cheap equipment, substandard tools, and poorly trained IT staff can make your on-premises backup bulky, insecure, and hard to use.
Using cloud backups
Cloud-based backups usually have a very low up-front cost, as they’re often based on a subscription model where you’re either charged on a monthly or a usage basis. For smaller companies without a dedicated IT department, cloud backups may be the easiest way to start making regular backups.
If you’re going with a cloud backup provider, there may be a big difference in the quality of service you receive. Higher-level backup providers usually have fewer vulnerabilities.
Many companies will opt for a hybrid model. With a hybrid model, some data is backed up on local or network hard drives on the premises, some is backed up to a cloud, and some data may be backed up in both locations. A hybrid model offers increased protection against data loss, but it could expose your company to a higher risk for data breaches and theft. Because a hybrid model requires excellent data management skills, it’s best to discuss the options with your IT department to find ways to eliminate or lessen the risk.
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