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Cloud Backup vs Local Backup

When it comes to backing up your data, you can do it one of two ways. Either with a local backup or with a cloud backup. Or you can use a combination of the two, which is fairly common. Safely backing up your data and information allows for a peace of mind, knowing that no matter what your information will be safe. It is 2021, so cloud computing is the norm and offers many wonderful benefits. However, some still feel a kinship to local backups. But with a local backup only, you are putting more of your information at risk.

At MSEDP, we offer both local backup and cloud backup for your data. We recommend cloud backup, since its advantages outweigh those of a local backup, but ultimately it is your decision. And we want you to be comfortable. So we can discuss how to best backup your information and what means works best for your situation.

But in the meantime, let's take a look at some information regarding local backup and cloud backup and some of the differences between the two. If you have any questions about backing up your computer, then please reach out to today. There are good reasons to backup your data, so be sure you are opting for the best route. The number for our office is 631-848-6373. When you call, we can discuss with you the benefits of properly backing up your computing data, as well as go over all of the web and IT services we offer.

Cloud Backup Advantages

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Cloud backup is a service that web hosting companies, like MSEDP, use to back up systems, applications, and data to a cloud-based server located remotely. In general, this server can be either a private or public server. A public server simply means that more that one company's data is located on the server. Not that it is open to the public. These public cloud servers are safe and secure to store data. At MSEDP, we offer affordable monthly packages for cloud storage. Learn more about the cloud services we offer and how they may help you run your business.

There are many great advantages of utilizing cloud backup. Potentially the number one advantage is the fact you can save both money and resources by turning to the cloud. You save space by not hosting on your own server, so there is no need to purchase a server, find a spot to keep the hardware, or spend more money on upgrading equipment. And despite not having a local server, you can still access your information from anywhere. As long as there is an internet connection. Which is a great advantage, too. Learn more about the many advantages of utilizing cloud backup systems. When you turn to MSEDP, you have the option of getting affordable and reliable hosting on our cloud systems.

Local Backup Advantages & Disadvantages

The use of a local backup offers both advantages and disadvantages. Let's take a quick look at some of these aspects.


First let's start with the advantages of a local backup. Since a local backup is not dependent on an internet connection, it is much faster to recover large volumes of data from it compared to a cloud backup, which may be slower.

On top of that, you know exactly where your data is and you have more direct control over who accesses it. When you use a cloud provider, that data can be backed up in different locations and even states.


The biggest disadvantage of a local backup is when a natural disaster strikes. When local backups are close to the data source, like on a local system or data center, then you are putting all of the information at risk. When disaster strikes, it can potentially wipe out all of the information since all of it is nearby and in one spot. So having the data off-site prevents this from happening.

And when you use a local backup, you are more susceptible to cyber attacks. Most modern hackers use ransomware and malware that infiltrates your system and the first spot they go after is a potential local backup in order to delete it. Why? This prevents you from restoring your system, since your information is gone, and thus increases your chances of paying the potential ransomware. When you utilize the cloud, it is much tougher to get to via a cyber attack.

Lastly, when you want to upgrade a local backup system it is more complicated and difficult. You will need to invest in more hardware, software, and likely space in order to support a larger volume of backup. By using a cloud backup, this is a non-issue.

Using A Hybrid Model

Now that we've went over some of the aspects of cloud and local backup, it is important to remember there are certain situations that may dictate one over the other. Or both! Oftentimes implementing a hybrid strategy is a great way to prevent major data loss. This is when you store backups both locally and in the cloud.

Our IT team takes great care and satisfaction in keeping all of your data safe, but even the most secure of measures may not be enough sometimes. Which is why it is important to have all bases covered. When you get hacked, it is likely that the local backup gets hit first. But if you have a secure cloud backup, then it can restore your systems to normal. Or if your local backup systems fail, then you can turn to the cloud to properly restore.

And as previously mentioned, if a natural disaster strikes, any on-site local server may be compromised. But having a cloud backup ensures that all measures are in place.


I am sure you have heard of the term "the cloud" before. Sometimes it can be in joking fashion, like "oh all my data is up in the cloud." When you put it that way I am reminded of the scene in Creed when Adonis takes a picture of Rocky's notes, who then asks Adonis what happens he loses the phone. And Adonis says, "it's in the cloud," which leads to a confused Rocky to ask "what cloud?" Of course, this scene is played for laughs, but cloud computing is no joke. It is a crucial aspect for many businesses and companies. And it is a safe and secure what to protect your data, especially when you turn to MSEDP. Utilizing cloud backup offers many great advantages when you find the fight host.

What is Cloud Backup?

Before we get into the advantages of cloud backup, let's take a look at what cloud back up is in the first place. In general, cloud backup is a service that web hosting companies like ourselves use to back up systems, applications, and data to a cloud-based server that is in a remote location. This server can be a private or public server. All public means in this case is that more that one company's data is located on the server. We offer affordable monthly packages for safe and secure cloud storage.

The Advantages of Cloud Backup

The advantages of safe and secure cloud backup greatly outweighs any of the present disadvantages, which we will get to below. Many organizations and companies choose to back up their data, since cloud computing offers a wide array of benefits in general. And backing up via the cloud is just a tiny sliver. Find out more about cloud computing and how it is a great way to keep your data safe. And read on for the main advantages of cloud backup.

Save Yourself Both Money & Resources

When you turn to the cloud, you save the space for hosting on your own server. So no need to purchase a server or find a spot to keep the hardware. Instead, you can save money by turning to MSEDP for professional web hosting and cloud backup. A more affordable option, too, since you are simply paying a monthly fee.

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Disaster Recovery Protection

When the server is local, a disaster can destroy it. However, when the data is in the cloud, you ensure that your data is safe and that you can get back up and running in no time. Learn more about MSEDP's disaster recovery strategies and how our effective services will keep you safe in times of crisis.

Access Your Data From Anywhere!

When you choose the cloud, you can access your back-up data where ever there is an internet connection. So anytime you need to check something, you have that opportunity. If you want to restore a full backup from the cloud, that may take time. However, it is fast and easy to download a few files, which means you are simply a more productive worker.

Professional Data Security

We put our name on our cloud backup services, so you can trust that when you opt for the cloud you are getting safe and secure backup. Our IT team utilizes state-of-the-art technology and offers the best cybersecurity services for your money. It is a myth that local data support is safer at this point. It used to be the case, but with all of the updates over the years cybersecurity has made great strides to keep data safe in the cloud. Learn more about the benefits of cybersecurity services at MSEDP and the steps we take to keep our web clients safe.

Cyber Attack Protection

In case of a cyber attack on the local server, your date will be safe in the cloud. There are other steps taken to ensure the safety of the cloud and that the data is not compromised. Many of the attacks on a local system aim to delete those backups. However, since other firewalls and safety protections are in order, your data is safe in the cloud.

Cloud Backup Disadvantages

Of course, the advantages ultimately outweigh the disadvantages. However, it is important to get the full picture, because like with most things in life there is some bad with the good.

Longer Download Time From Full Backup

The most obvious disadvantage of a cloud backup versus a local backup is the time it takes to download from a full backup. There are factors, like internet bandwidth and the volume of data that may affect this time, but overall it will take a longer time to complete this process.

Tougher to Switch Cloud Providers

In general, when you want to switch cloud providers it is more difficult to make that switch. It is the migrating of the older backups to the new cloud infrastructure that takes time and effort. Depending on who you are switching to or from, there are certain tools to help with this process. At MSEDP, we can help you make the switch and have the expertise to help bring over all of your older data. It can be a time consuming process depending on the amount of data incoming, but we take pride in going above and beyond for all of our IT clients. We aim to provide the best IT services and tech support possible.

Potential For Losing Data at End of Contract

Now, this is not something that will happen at MSEDP, but it can happen elsewhere if you do not choose the right cloud backup provider. So this is a great advantage of choosing MSEDP for your cloud backup and computing needs. But look closely to those other cloud providers and look at the fine print when a contract ends. You will want to make sure you download your backup before canceling, because sometimes a cancellation leaves you left in the dust. Check to see how long the provider will keep your data upon the cancellation. When you turn to MSEDP, this is not something you will have to worry about. We do everything possible to keep you safe, but if you do decide to leave your data will be safe until you find a new home.

Contact MSEDP For Great IT Services

MSEDP is located in Deer Park, New York, but our IT services are available to more than just web clients and businesses on Long Island. We work with many businesses from around the country and offer great, affordable IT services. From cloud backup, to web hosting, to cyber security services, you can trust MSEDP with your business's website!

Learn more about the importance of cloud backup. If you have any questions about cloud backups or IT services in general, please give MSEDP a call at 631-761-7600. When you call, we can discuss the various benefits and packages of turning to MSEDP for all of you IT and tech services.

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