More and more businesses are opting to store their data on the cloud. Known as cloud storage, this service leverages remote data centers. You can upload your business’s data to a remote data center, after which you can access it over a secure connection. With that said, hybrid cloud storage has become a popular alternative to traditional cloud storage. Hybrid cloud service essentially blends the properties of cloud storage and local storage together. In doing so, it offers several pros and cons.

Pro: Synchronization

Hybrid cloud storage allows you to synchronize your business’s local data with its cloud data. When synchronized, any changes that you make to your business’s local data will be reflected in its cloud storage account. If you create a new local file, for example, the file will be uploaded to your business’s cloud storage account. If you delete an existing local file, on the other hand, the file will be deleted from your business’s cloud storage account.

Pro: Backups

Most hybrid cloud storage services will automatically back up your data. You don’t have to worry about losing any of your business’s data. When using a hybrid cloud storage service, the provider will automatically back up your business’s data. If your business suffers a data loss, you can retrieve the backup from the hybrid cloud storage provider.

Pro: Low Cost

Another benefit of hybrid cloud storage is that it’s inexpensive. Hybrid cloud storage services typically cost less than traditional cloud storage services. This is due to the fact that hybrid cloud storage services use both local and remote resources. In comparison, traditional cloud storage services only use remote resources.

Con: Difficult to Set Up

Hybrid cloud storage can be difficult to set up. You’ll need a proper local information technology (IT) infrastructure in place, for instance, to use hybrid cloud storage. If your business’s local IT infrastructure is outdated or poorly designed, it may not support hybrid cloud storage.

Con: Security Risks

There are certain security risks associated with hybrid cloud storage. Your business’s data will be stored offsite. Like with traditional cloud storage services, hybrid cloud storage services leverage remote data centers. If the data center is breached, your business’s data could be exposed. Of course, this problem isn’t exclusive to hybrid cloud storage; data breaches can occur with all cloud storage services, including traditional cloud storage.

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