Onsite or Offsite Storage? Which Backup Option is Right for You?

Onsite or Offsite Storage? Which Backup Option is Right for You?

Worldwide, devices generate around 2.5 billion gigabytes of data each day. But what's the best way to deal with all of that data?

Read on to learn the main differences between onsite vs offsite storage. Find out the pros and cons of each before you make your choice. 

Onsite Storage

Onsite storage means that your data lives on servers within the walls of your organization.

This has both benefits and drawbacks. 


The best thing about onsite storage is that no third-party has access to your sensitive data. Of course, that doesn't mean that a security breach isn't possible.

Having your data stored onsite reduces the load on your network.

And this option is generally less expensive than offsite data storage. All you need is some inexpensive hard drives.

Hard drives are easy to install and manage. Even with limited knowledge, most businesses are able to take onsite backups of their data. 


Yet, there are several drawbacks to onsite storage. For example, your data is vulnerable to damage from floods, fires, theft and other catastrophes.

Sensitive data is at risk of getting into the wrong hands. 

Offsite Storage

The other option available to you is offsite data storage. This typically means cloud storage.

There are both pros and cons to this option that we will highlight for you.


Moving to offsite storage means you don't need the physical office space for your backups. 

You won't need to house a bunch of hardware. Plus, cloud options are scalable to suit your company regardless of size.

Another benefit is that backup is quick and can be restored to within minutes of the loss. Typically, remote data is stored on multiple servers. So if one fails, your data can easily be retrieved from another location.

Security is another benefit of offsite data storage. Your data is encrypted before it is sent to the remote server. So your data is safe and protected.

Also, cloud-based storage options are limitless in the amount of storage you can have. 


One disadvantage of offsite storage is that the cost is higher. But, it may be worth it for the many benefits.

Another disadvantage is that your internet speed will determine how quickly you can get your data. If your internet is slow, data retrieval from the cloud may be painfully slow. 

Which to Choose

Onsite storage is a good choice if you need instant access to your data. If you have high data change, an onsite system may be best for quick recoveries.

But, this is not an option for protection. If you want to keep your data safe, you need to choose offsite storage. 

But it's not one or the other. Many companies choose a blended option that has both onsite and offsite storage and backups. 

Final Thoughts

At Proactive IT Solutions, we specialize in Network Monitoring, On-Site Support and Help Desk Services to businesses throughout the Houston area.

Contact us so we can talk about how we can help boost your business's efficiency, and recommend offsite storage or onsite.