As a blogger, journalist, researcher and consultant, I always have plenty of important projects under way, and for me—as for most—my data and information are the lifeblood of my business endeavors.

Today’s technology offers us many ways and many places to store critical data. Naturally, the sellers of these technologies will tout their products as the optimal solution. Backing up critical data off-site offers obvious advantages in case of a physical problem at one’s offices. But does it make sense to keep all of our data in-house, or off-site in some remote system, or in the virtual cloud? The answer lies, as always, in balancing the perceived level of risk with the need to have data handy for various business activities.

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