Cloud Storage vs Local Storage with CD/DVD Discs

By · Friday, May 20th, 2011

Cloud Storage vs Local Storage with CD-DVD DiscsAs computers, tablets, and smartphones become more prevalent in our daily lives, the question arises: how are we going to store all of our important information? This is a problem facing everyone from home users and small businesses to global companies. One way of storing information that’s generating a lot of buzz is cloud storage.

What I want to do is explain what cloud storage is all about, as well as list some pros and cons of cloud storage versus local storage of files on CD/DVD media. This may help you to better understand which method of data storage is best for your needs.

What is cloud storage?
Cloud storage is a means for users to storing computer files and documents on a networked server instead of their local workstations. Cloud storage is usually sold as a service with a monthly or yearly fee. But most importantly, files on a “cloud storage” server are stored off-site in a datacenter somewhere. Not knowing exactly where the files are stored has resulted in many users referring to cloud storage as a “big hard drive in the sky.”

Benefits of cloud storage
One of the biggest pros of cloud storage is convenience. Whether you are at the corporate office in New York, the regional office in Sydney, or a sidewalk cafe in Paris, everyone can access the necessary files quickly and easily over the network.

Another benefit is maintenance: small and large businesses do not have to worry about installing, cooling, maintaining, and upgrading a room full of servers, tape drives, and equipment. This dramatically reduces the fixed costs of an organization to one simple monthly or yearly fee.

Finally, cloud storage is very competitive on price. Enterprise organizations, universities, and other companies with extremely high capacity storage needs only pay for the amount of space they use. This offers them an affordable way to enjoy terabyte, petabyte, or exabyte storage capacities to meet their needs.

Benefits of local (on-site) data storage
However, there are an equal number of reasons why local storage with optical discs is a good idea as well. First, files which are archived on DVD-R or CD-R discs can be accessed at any time, even when a network connection or Internet access are unavailable.

For example, an accounting firm that stores spreadsheets and records “in the cloud” would be brought to a standstill if their Internet connection went out, while a firm that stores files on CD/DVD media would be able to access them at any time without interruption.

Another pitfall of cloud storage is security. Important company documents and files are stored on a server in a third-party datacenter somewhere. Typically, users will not know who runs the datacenter or even what state it’s in. Whether via hard access or because of a network vulnerability, there is an increased risk of data theft when storing information off-site.

A machine such as the Primera Bravo 4102 XRP is not vulnerable to such issues. It can be securely installed in an equipment rack in an on-site server room or access-controlled area. Users can send information to the machine over the local network and the machine burns the information on to CD, DVD, or Blu-ray discs. Discs can only be removed from the machine by authorized users, thanks to the locking front panel and heavy-gauge steel construction.

Finally, keeping a machine such as a Bravo 4102 XRP on-site for data archival is much easier than you might think. Aside from replacing the Bravo ink cartridges and adding fresh discs to the input bin, there is really no regular maintenance that needs to be done. The high capacity and low cost of BD-R discs makes this a very practical machine for high-volume data storage.

Best of all, there are no monthly or yearly fees to use an on-site disc publisher. Simply buy the machine one time and it’s yours. This ends up saving money in the long run.

Cloud computing certainly has its advantages, but when it comes to accessibility, security, and cost, it’s easy to see that a local storage solution using CD, DVD, or Blu-ray discs offers peace of mind and a low operational cost. This makes on-site optical disc storage especially attractive to small and mid-size businesses, home users, and others.

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