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Lisa Carroll

By: Lisa Carroll on May 24th, 2018

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Pros and Cons of Local and Cloud Data Storage

Modern Data Center | Executive Consulting

When it comes to virtualizing your office, it’s important to consider whether you should replace older methods with their digital alternatives. Ever since the development of cloud technology, one option we have had is to replace local backup methods with off-site, cloud storage. To help you weigh your options, we’ve compiled a list of the pros and cons to each method.

Local Storage

Local storage involves saving data to media that often requires connection to your computer or network to be accessed. The physical media is within reach, and it is your responsibility to preserve it. Nevertheless, it is external to your computer and can be safely stored in a location of your choosing. Saving to external hard-drives and USB flash drives are examples of local storage.

Pros of Local Storage

With local storage, you’re in control. You don’t need to fret about a third party safely handling your sensitive data. At the same time, data saved in external storage media such as flash drives is safe and secure once it is removed from your network. Cyber attacks can’t access it.


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Cons of Local Storage

Unfortunately, because data storage is in your hands, you are not only responsible for backing up all data, you have to make sure your infrastructure can handle the amount of data you are storing. External data storage can cost a lot and can take up a lot of space. If your business handles large volumes of data, you need to be prepared to invest in your data storage.

Cloud Storage

The cloud is a more recent development in storage technology. When you log in to the cloud, your data is automatically saved to an off-site location via the Internet. It’s become wildly popular for a variety of reasons but is it the best choice for your application?

Pros of Cloud Storage

Since it takes the responsibility of storage off your hands, it’s a lot cheaper. Basic monthly fees ensure that all your data storage is routinely updated - which also saves you the time and energy needed to constantly update your local storage media. Unlike local storage, cloud storage also offers accessibility. Any device connected to your cloud storage can access the saved files.

Cons of Cloud Storage

Depending on the sensitivity of your data, you may want to consider the efficacy of your cloud storage provider. With personal cloud storage, you are trusting a third party to secure your data, and all transferred data is potentially vulnerable to hackers.

Whether you decide to utilize local or cloud storage for your initiative, we have you covered with certified engineers, years of experience, and trusted partnerships with premiere storage manufacturers and purveyors. Also, since we're not beholden to a single manufacturer or purveyor, we can assure a solution that suits your needs and preferences - no ill-fitting, a la carte solutions here. Give us a call or send us an email to get a conversation going about what storage curiosities are on your mind. It's that easy. 

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About Lisa Carroll

Lisa is a Biznologist who works at the intersection of business and technology to help Kelser’s clients jump on growth opportunities.