Offsite vs. Onsite Data Storage

datastorageCompanies today have to address how they will store customer and business data. Some choose to use internal servers while others are moving entirely to cloud based solutions. The more cost effective solutions are cloud based (offsite), but some companies, such as law firms and banks, have data security requirements that call for onsite solutions.

Many startup businesses that offer marketing or advertising solutions can successfully be completely with cloud based solutions. The primary difference between choosing one solution over another is the level of security needed to protect consumer and company data. Cloud based technology is becoming more secure every day, but it is still a relatively new field that is more open to threats than internal servers that are carefully maintained for certain purposes.

Even though some companies choose to use entirely cloud based or entirely internal data storage solutions, the majority of companies are moving to a combination of the two data storage techniques to create the most secure data storage environment. Companies like SYMBITS offer outsourced IT solutions for both remote and onsite data storage needs.

Companies often have a dedicated server that is used for daily functions and where data is deposited first. Even consumers today use backup storage at home to protect personal information. Small, medium, and large businesses all use backup systems to protect their data in the event of a disaster. Now, businesses are going one step further and backing up their systems and data storage on a remote server or “in the cloud,” as well.

By housing data in three distinct repositories, business information is protected in the event of a large scale crash or other IT difficulty. Cloud based solutions also provide employees and consumers easier, remote access to the company information they need to work or make purchasing decisions from anywhere in the world.


In data storage, the different ways that data is housed in the servers are called RAIDs (Redundant Array of Independent Disks). The most common forms of RAIDs are known as RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5, and RAID 6. RAIDs are the building blocks of a data storage system. They allow for data to be stored reliably. A RAID 0 is never used for businesses. It affects computer performance and is normally used by gamers who need to store large quantities of data quickly.

RAID 1 provides mirror data storage so that if one hard drive in the system fails, another backup can maintain the information. In RAID 1 systems, if a hard drive fails, the system has to be shut down for a period of time. Higher levels of RAIDs can maintain functionality even in the event of a hard drive failure. Companies commonly use RAID 5 or RAID 6 storage systems that allow for multiple file backups in a data storage system. The redundancy of the RAID hard drives is how businesses protect their vital information. Both onsite and offsite storage systems use RAIDs, and will normally recommend using a RAID 5 or RAID 6 for original data storage and in backup systems. Look for data storage management solutions that focuses on higher levels of RAID configurations to determine the level of data protection provided.