The Showdown: Cloud Backup vs. Traditional Backup

The Showdown: Cloud Backup vs. Traditional Backup

In this detailed exploration, we delve into the nuances of cloud and traditional backup methods, focusing on their implications in dental IT solutions. This press release draws from a TechTarget article. It incorporates in-depth commentary from Priority Networks, a leader in dental IT services. (Source: TechTarget, Cloud backup vs. traditional backup: Advantages, disadvantages, By Paul Crocetti, Executive Editor, Stephen J. Bigelow, Senior Technology Editor, January 19, 2023, ).


What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup involves storing data on off-site servers accessible via the Internet. This method is vital in the era of digital dentistry, offering remote data management.

Priority Networks mentions, “Cloud backup, in the sphere of dental data cloud backup, is more than just remote storage; it’s a paradigm shift. It enables dental practices to access patient records and critical data from anywhere, ensuring continuity of care even in remote or mobile dental services. This flexibility, coupled with robust security measures, makes cloud backup a cornerstone of modern dental IT solutions.”

What is Traditional/Local Backup?

Traditional backup means storing data on physical devices or servers on-site. It’s a time-tested method valued for its direct control and immediate data access.

Priority Networks shares, “Traditional backup offers a tangible sense of security and immediacy in dental IT services. It’s like having a vault within your practice – you know exactly where your data is and how it’s being protected. However, this method requires significant investment in hardware, space, and maintenance. These factors can be limiting for a dental practice weighing the benefits of dental cloud backup, especially when considering future growth and technological advancements.”

A Comparison: Cloud Backup and Local Backup

This comparison entails examining cost, security, scalability, and suitability for dental practices.

Priority Networks expresses, “Our experience shows that dental practices often grapple with this decision. With its ease of scalability, cloud backup seems like the future-forward choice, particularly for growing practices. However, traditional backup can be more reassuring for those concerned about data sovereignty or internet reliability. The key lies in understanding the dental practice’s specific needs and future goals.”

Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud Backup


  • Low entry costs
  • Wide-range accessibility
  • An array of security features
  • Easy scalability
  • Easy management
  • Simple disaster recovery

Priority Networks mentions, “The advantages of cloud backup in dental IT services are significant. Low entry costs mean smaller practices can access state-of-the-art backup solutions without heavy upfront investments. Wide-range accessibility is a game-changer for multi-location practices or those offering tele-dentistry services. Moreover, cloud backups come with layers of security features that are constantly updated to counter emerging cyber threats, which is crucial in protecting sensitive dental records.”

Potential Disadvantages:

  • Cost accumulations
  • Latency
  • Security concerns
  • Slow, costly restores

Priority Networks shares, “While the cloud offers many benefits, it’s not without its challenges. Cost accumulations over time can become significant, especially with growing data needs. Latency issues can arise, depending on internet connectivity, which could impact access to patient data in real time. Security, while robust, requires constant vigilance against evolving threats. Also, restoring large data sets from the cloud can be time-consuming and potentially costly.”

Advantages and Disadvantages of Traditional/Local Backup


  • On-site accessibility
  • Speed
  • Security control

Priority Networks expresses, “The advantages of traditional backup, particularly in terms of speed and on-site control, can be compelling for dental practices with substantial data and a need for immediate access. There’s a level of comfort in knowing that your patient data is stored right where you can see and control it. This can be particularly appealing for practices with stringent data control policies or those in regions with unreliable internet access.”


  • High initial cost
  • Scalability difficulties
  • High maintenance
  • Cybersecurity challenges
  • Disaster recovery complexities

Priority Networks mentions, “However, the disadvantages are notable. The initial investment can be substantial regarding hardware and infrastructure for traditional backup. Scalability is another challenge – as your practice grows, so does your data, and expanding physical storage isn’t always feasible. Maintenance, both in terms of cost and time, can be burdensome. Cybersecurity is also a concern, as on-site systems may not be as regularly updated against threats. Lastly, in the event of a physical disaster, recovery can be more complex and time-consuming.”


In conclusion, the decision between cloud and traditional backup in the realm of dental IT solutions hinges on a balance of cost, security, accessibility, and future readiness.

Priority Network’s final thoughts, “Our advice to dental practices is to consider not just the present but also the future. Cloud backup represents a flexible, scalable future, while traditional backup offers control and speed. The choice should reflect the practice’s operational needs, security concerns, and growth plans. At Priority Networks, we believe in tailoring solutions that best fit the unique requirements of each dental practice, ensuring they are well-equipped for both today’s needs and tomorrow’s challenges.”

Massimo DeRocchis

My life has been surrounded with computers since I was a child, from my first job as a Computer Assembly Assistant to the current ownership of Priority Networks, a dental focused networking company. Starting with an Apple computer connecting to other networks when I was only 13 years old, I quickly knew this passion would lead to bigger ventures. As the internet started to evolve, I immediately worked for an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This gave me insight to the power of worldwide internet communications and the capabilities of sharing data across multiple networks simultaneously. The dedication towards this field has given me the advantage of understanding new technologies and grasping complicated issues quickly from software, hardware, networking, security, management and much more. As a Computer Network Manager for Tesma International, a division of Magna International, I gained the experience of becoming a qualified NAI Network Sniffer, EDI Communications Specialist, Head Securities Manager, MRP Manufacturing Integration Manager, and received several enhanced managerial and technological training courses. Moving forward to today, I apply all my knowledge, training and years of solid network experience to deliver the very best support to all my customers at Priority Networks.