A number of cloud backup service providers are hastening to provide their users with an option for “local only” backup. Why? How does this help?

Whatever the bandwidth available with your enterprise, there is no way cloud backups can compete with local backups in speed of data transfer. But, creating local backups with proprietary software while transferring data offsite using a separate cloud backup service can be cumbersome, time consuming, annoying and wasteful. Cloud backup vendors quickly realized the potential of offering to do both kinds of backups—local and remote– from a single centralized administrative console using the same software. It saves on time, effort and requires almost no human intervention. Local backups can be created even as the data is streamed over the Internet to the remote server in the cloud backup system.

It must be noted that the “local only” feature is not set to on by default on most providers. End users must specifically subscribe to the feature at a nominal price per month or annum with their cloud backup service provider. But, it is really a win-win situation that enables the end user; obtain a complete data management and recovery solution with a very small fund outlay. Having a local backup in addition to a cloud backup and strongly advised.

The salient features of “local only” backup are:

  1. A low cost alternative to tape based local backup
  2. Data is backed up over the LAN to an identified backup device without using up available Internet bandwidth
  3. Each backed up Local only set can be time stamped for independent restore operations
  4. Data can be deduplicated and compressed locally and recovered at LAN speeds
  5. Data can be backed up (deduplicated, compressed) locally and shipped in disks to data centers for backup seeding if the data volumes are large
  6. It aligns value of data with the cost of protecting it
  7. Local backup sets can be managed exactly like cloud backup sets; the application used is the same
  8. It promotes “Bring your Own Device” (BOYD) that is favored by many companies as the software supports all kinds of devices
  9. Critical data can be separated from non critical data. Non Critical data can be backed up locally for archival purposes and critical data can be simultaneously backed up to local and remote cloud backup systems.