What's best for back-up storage of data?

Should you use the cloud, a hard drive, CDs or DVDs, solid state drives or USB sticks for your security information back-ups?


Wondering how to archive that security information (mug shots, stills from video surveillance, video surveillance feeds, etc.)? Scan through this guide to "The Lifespan of Storage Media" and find out what's going to die first and what will still be working almost forever. Decide whether it's better to back up on hard drives, on tape storage, on CD-ROMs or DVDs, or solid state flash drives. Read on, dear reader, but keep in mind this infographic was created by a company that wants to sell you cloud services. We hope they're right that the cloud is forever. What has been your experience?