Fortunately, data loss is avoidable by regularly backing up, which can be done; EITHER by performing your own back-ups to a storage device, such as a USB, external hard drive or tape drive; OR backing up to an online (cloud) service.

There are multiple reasons for choosing online data backup with idrive over a storage device. These are tabulated below.

In a nutshell, the level of capital expenditure is none with idrive, it is free to sign up plus there is a 30 day free trial offer. The 30 trial offer does not limit the size of the data that your organisation decides to backup. At the end of the trial period, if you choose to continue backing up your data, there will be an ongoing monthly fee, depending on how much data you want to backup. The entire online data backup process is managed by idrive software, with high ease of restoration (Individual or multiple files can be restored quickly and easily by the user) and backups can take place while the user is working.

Initial set-up cost Can be high for large data volumes or complex backup requirements. None
It's free sign-up with 30 day trial free (unlimited data)
Total cost of ownership Can be moderate, due to hardware maintenance costs, unseen human resource costs, e.g. storage of device There is an ongoing monthly fee
(dependent on size of data)
Device suitability Personal computers mainly Suits all devices
Requirement for internet connection None Requires an internet connection and may impact your monthly data allowance
Scalability Limited flexibility, particularly when storage volumes increase. Idrive staff manage growth of the infrastructure allowing data volumes to grow.
Data Storage/Security Device can be transported offsite to be stored securely. Overseeing the storage of device is managed by organisation. Devices can be lost, stolen or damaged. Provides an inherent off-site back-up. Backup is stored in PCI-DSS and ISO 27001 compliant data centre. All Data is hosted in Australia and governed by Privacy Act. Data centers are constantly monitored and engineers are on call 24/7.
Automation Require some level of manual intervention to remotely store copies. Backup process is managed by the idrive software and storage network.
Reliability External drives can suffer from reliability issues. Multiple copies of data is stored. Server, located in Australia has 99.9% SLA.
Protection Data is stored in an unencrypted format, open to theft. Data is encrypted (256-Bit AES) when in transit and in storage.
Ease of Data Restoration Time intensive processes are required for suitably qualified personnel to restore data, particularly large volumes. User restores files quickly and easily.