Storing data offsite is a leap of faith. Now your data are being protected — or not — by someone else. The argument is that outsourced storage providers are doing the job at scale. They have specialists, the latest hardware and will be all over patching, upgrades and monitoring. Breaches of cloud-based services have occurred, however.

A particular case for sensitive information

When considering a move to offsite storage, it is important to ask whether that should include all your data. Your business might have sensitive information you should keep in-house. That is especially true if that information is what makes your business unique. Not all information in your systems is created equal, and your storage strategy should take that into account.

Speed to recovery

Also, there is the important question of how long it will take to get your data back in the case of a disaster. When the missing data is mission critical, your business could freeze in the time it takes to get it back online.

If you have to download terabytes from the cloud, you could be facing a tough wait to get systems back up and running.

The case for hedging your bets

Even if you opt for offsite storage, it might be prudent to hedge your bets. Just scanning the advantages and disadvantages of onsite and offsite storage, it is easy to see how it is possible to have the best of both worlds by retaining some onsite storage at the same time as introducing offsite storage.