Backups: Centralized or Distributed?

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  • Date: Jun 23, 2016
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Choosing between centralized or distributed backups can be tricky. They each have their benefits, as well as their drawbacks, so in the end it really comes down to what's best for your business.

With centralized computing, all resources are stored in the same location. The benefits include lower costs and better security, since everything is in one place. There's also the added convenience of having multiple terminals in one location — if one breaks down, you need only move to a different one, and you'll still have access to all your files.

There are some drawbacks to this system, however. According to this article, "your site’s WAN connection is now a major point of failure". You'll need to be sure to have a backup WAN connection in case there are any problems.

With a distributed computing system, there are multiple, self-sustained sites. Each site would maintain its own email server and internet access, and have its own shared files. Another benefit is that "there is no Single Point of Failure in this regard".

As with centralized computing, distributed also comes with drawbacks. In this case, one big problem is cost. Maintaining multiple sites obviously means more expense: not only due to the need for more equipment, but also for maintenance of each site. You may also need more employees to work at each site.

Knowing the pros and cons of each system will help you make the best decision for your business. If you'd like to learn more about setting up your own system, contact Smartweb Inc. today.

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