Never need to worry about losing those critical business files again. There are a wide range of options including NAS (Network Attached Storage) or Cloud that can protect and share your important data.
External NAS vs. Cloud Backup
Understanding the difference between cloud storage and cloud backup is the first step in making sure your data is secure. Many people use cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive to protect their files. The reality, though, is that those services are better designed for getting work done than safeguarding content.
The main issue using cloud storage services for backup is that they force you to move content into a cloud-connected sync folder. Cloud backup services, meanwhile, let your store files without having to move content around on your hard drive. You can maintain your device’s exact file system structure in the cloud, and recover it precisely when needed.
Benefits of Cloud
Hard drives don’t last forever. Delicate mechanical parts can be damaged from drops, overheating or water. Even if you take very good care of your computer, normal wear and tear on the drive’s physical components will eventually cause it to fail.
When you store your files on the “cloud,” you’re really storing them on remote servers. The obvious concern is that these servers use hard drives themselves. Just like the drive in your computer, these are susceptible to disk damage and the ravages of time.
Good cloud backup providers go to great lengths to make certain inevitable failures don’t result in data loss.
Disadvantages of Cloud
One of the few disadvantages to backing up your data on the cloud is that the process can be very slow, even with broadband speeds. Things get especially sluggish if you’re sending hundreds of gigabytes of data to the cloud or trying to execute a full hard drive restore.
Many cloud backup services help speed things along with time-saving file transfer techniques, offering the options of differential and incremental backup, both of which are designed to reduce the size of routine runs.
Benefits of NAS
NAS, which stands for “network attached storage,” allows multiple local device connections thanks to wireless technology. While not as fast as a wired connection, NAS systems are still much faster than connecting to cloud backup centers over the Internet. Anyway, NAS systems also offer you the choice of USB connectivity to speed up any larger backup or restore operations.
Accessibility and speed are the primary advantages of local backup. In the event of a hard drive failure, you don’t have to wait days or weeks while your new drive is rebuilt pulling content from remote servers.
Nearly all NAS servers have multiple disk drives, which take advantge of technology known as RAID.
Most NAS servers have their own service’s implementation of RAID technology in its storage architecture. A RAID disk enclosure will let you achieve the same safety in redundancy at home or work
If one of the drives happens to die, then replacing the drive will be sufficient.
Disadvantages of NAS
The biggest concern is that they’re subject to many of the same threats that computers are. Water damage, overheating and disk failure could bring your entire system down.
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