Wonders of local backups
Local backups have the benefit of being readily available immediately after the backup process has been completed. This translates into easy restoration without much waiting, should disaster strike.
Common methods of backing up locally including backing up directly to a USB hard drive or perhaps to an NAS server in your home office. Either option can be scheduled easily with today’s modern operating systems. And if you like, there are applications that can make this easy for you in addition the backup solutions built into the operating system itself.
Glory of cloud backups
Unlike a local backup, I’ve found that cloud backups do have a real advantage in the sense that you generally don’t have to remember to keep any sort of storage attached. Even better, you will find that even if the entire office loses hardware to something terrible, the cloud backup is safe offsite on a remote server.
This is done almost exclusively with software, although it’s possible that this could happen via the command line as well.
Disk clone vs. file backups
Each option has its advantages. Disk cloning is really nice for a simple disk image of an existing installation that works. This makes an entire system recover in a snap. Who could ask for anything more?
File backups, both incremental and file overwriting, provide the user with the ability to recover individual files with ease. I tend to lean with this option myself. Why? Because sometimes a clean installation wins the day and simply recovering the data is the best course to recovery.
Both disk cloning and file backups can be extremely useful, but it will be up to the individual as to whether to bother with both solutions or just using one of them instead.