Cloud Backup Storage Vs Local Media Storage

Data security and storage is a very important aspect of life, since the advent of the computer, there are several increasing methods of data storage systems, some are going obsolete, while new ones are being developed, some are receiving improvements. I will classify data backup storage into two different parts, the local storage system, and the cloud backup storage system.

Local backup storage system

The local storage system I mean includes the use of different drives for data storage, some of the available systems are; Magnetic tapes, hard disk, Optical storage (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray Discs), Floppy disk, and Solid state storage (flash memory, USB flash drives, thumb drives, SmartMedia, CompactFlash, Secure Digital cards, Memory stick etc.).

Cloud backup storage

Cloud back up storage system is also called Remote backup system; it is a system whereby your data is being backed up through the internet. This system is becoming more popular as many companies are investing in this service. Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon etc are major players in the cloud backup industry.

Comparing the Cloud backup storage with the local back up storage system.


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This article is not actually written to condemn any backup storage system, but to compare and contrast, pointing out the pros and cons of each system

The only differences between the two storage systems are that the Cloud backup storage system involves the use of internet, while all others do not require the internet.

  • The first thing is that, you require an internet connection for the Cloud backup storage system, but you do not need to get worried if you are in a no coverage area, the local backup system will serve you right.
  • The Cloud backup storage is an internet storage system, therefore, you have access to your data wherever you may be so far the internet is available, but you will need to move along with disks if you need to access you data from your local storage archive.
  • Using the local backup system, your data is prone to damage, you may be a victim of fire outbreak, water accident or you disk may be stolen; the Cloud backup storage is secured from this kind of accidents.
  • This system is not that expensive but affordable, even large capacity drives are sold cheap these days, the Cloud backup storage system cost some bulky amount for you to get quality storage space.
  • With the local backup system, you are 100% in control of your data, but if you are not given access to the cloud server, your data will be inaccessible. This is one of the cons of the Cloud backup storage.
  • Local external media may not have enough space to archive your bulky data, even though the tetrabyte capacity drives are now available, but it is not still enough for storage for some people or companies, the Cloud backup storage system offer storage systems as much as you will need, no limit.
  • Most of the Cloud backup storage services offer free cloud space (e.g. Google Drive 5GB, SkyDrive 25GB, Dropbox 2GB etc.), but you can never get a drive for free, except you are given as a gift or bonus.
  • The Cloud backup storage secures your data and makes it inaccessible to third party, local storage is more prone to hacking or third party intrusion.
  • Cloud backup storage service providers has terms and conditions you have to follow to successfully run a premium with them, they may make an adjustment to your data as it is written in their agreement page, your data on the local drive completely belongs to you and nobody could tamper with them.
  • Cloud service providers may suddenly shut down because of unforeseen circumstances such as finances, cyber attack, or server breakdown, but you are your own insurance maker for your data on your local drives.


Both backup systems are useful and could be used concurrently, but the Cloud backup storage stem seems to be more convenient these days.


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