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Local Server vs Cloud | Where to Store Website Data Safely?

by Chatwalee Pingks 2 years ago in advice
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This article will help you to decide where to keep your website data

Date management and concern used to be for big companies in the IT field but today everybody deals with data. Its integrity, quality, management, and protection are as important as data storage. Good quality data become efficient when it is stored easily and its retrieval is also quickly. In a world where data is produced on a daily basis for different purposes, its storage is very vital and seats at the top priority for most companies, not only in offering it protection but also in accessing it when it's needed most. Here, we will look into different servers and outline the advantages and disadvantages accordingly on how to store website data safely.

Types of Servers to store data

In our everyday lives, people generate data either in the raw or in notebooks and this data has to be stored securely for future use. The only options available are Cloud servers or Local Servers.

A cloud server e.g cloud VPS Thai is a virtual server operated as a remote server. It's made, hosted and reached through a remote computing site. Another name is the virtual server. The space of storage is usually rented at a fee instead of owning the server.

A local server, however, is a regular server in which you buy and own physically and is usually built near your working place or site.

Cloud server

As discussed earlier, the cloud refers to many servers linked together to the internet and can be leased as application software. Cloud servers have several benefits including:

The maintenance and upgrade are provided by the cloud provider. The data stored remotely creates more space on your computer for other functions. There is the advantage of scalability. It is easy and fast to upgrade by adding more memory or space.

The cloud servers are very reliable and ensure the safety of data stored. They have the benefit of avoiding hardware issues seen with local servers and therefore, are likely to be the preferred option for companies aiming at keeping their IT costs at minimal.

In cloud storage, there are many distributions of resources acting as one commonly known as federated storage clouds. This is important in making the cloud very resistance to errors because of data distribution.

It is easily accessible from anywhere provided you have access to the internet rather than the need to be physically present on-site as in local server storage.

The only setback with cloud servers is that accessibility of data is only through the internet and a poor or absence of internet connection means you will not be able to access your data. Examples of tools in the cloud services include email providers such as Gmail, storage software such as Dropbox and all social media platforms.

Local servers

These are the physical machines and equipment purchased for the purpose of serving a specific task, to store your website data, and managing and storing large processed data. Benefits of using local servers include:

  • The speed in uploading or downloading the data into the server is very fast.
  • You have control in the system settings to fit your needs.
  • The data is adequately secured since the server is usually built on-site hence only a limited number of people can access it.

Few regulation hurdles where in some countries businesses are required to process and store especially its citizen data within the borders of the country. The challenges that local servers pose is the installation and maintenance costs.


The basics of local server vs cloud is a simple concept and understanding the difference is very important. It is hard to clearly state which option is the best but efficiency in its use largely depends on the users' needs.


About the author

Chatwalee Pingks

Chatwalee is a full-time creative content writer by day and a part-time period series lover by night. digital marketing, lifestyle travel writing, and the practice of self-care are currently her main interests.

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