What is Cloud Backup? And yes, you do need it.
What is Cloud Backup
Everything cloud has been one of the more recent trends in tech for years. Cloud storage, computing, backup, and everything else cloud. We’re getting to the point now where the cloud is commonplace. The founding function of the cloud has always been cloud backup. Cloud backup is the process of having your files and information stored on offsite servers. The benefit is that this frees up space on your internal servers and computers. Cloud backup is rapidly becoming an essential part of every business plan.
How Cloud Backup Works
Cloud backup is a rapidly changing industry. At its core, it’s simply having your files and data saved offsite. This is done by having a copy of your data saved and sent to an offsite server to be stored. This is helpful for two main reasons. The first is that it gets rid of the need for storing data onsite; i.e. server rooms. Second, is that it provides a secure backup of your information. This will save your company ridiculous amounts of time, energy, and money when data is corrupted, ransomed, or lost.
Cloud Backup Benefits and Downsides
Benefits of Cloud Backup:
- Easy: Once your cloud backup is set up it requires little to no effort to maintain. Automatic scheduled backups are easy to setup and help keep your backups current.
- Cheap: For most organization switching from inhouse to cloud backup will save you significant amounts of money. Onsite data centers and servers are very expensive and difficult to maintain. By switching to cloud storage and backup you save on those costs.
- Secure: By saving your data offsite on a separate network you are protected from most ransomware and other cyber threats. Therefore, by using cloud backup you’re able to have secure backups in the event of a data breach onsite.
- Scalable: Cloud backup is scalable and can allow you to store as much or as little information as you need. This allows companies to only pay for what they need at that moment instead of needing to buy servers in preparation for future growth.
Downsides of Cloud Backup:
- Offsite: For some organizations, it’s a worry having your information offsite. It leaves you vulnerable to breaches or loss on your providers end as well as yours.
- Speed: While your information is backing up it can slow down network speeds. This requires strategic planning of when to have data backup so that it won’t slow business functions.
- Costs: Since cloud backup is scalable, it can quickly get expensive. This requires organizations to be aware of how much data they backup and how much that will cost.
One of the biggest worries that organizations have in moving to the cloud is security. Understandably so, organizations are hesitant to move their data offsite. The biggest risk with data transfer is data being intercepted in transit. For this reason, all major cloud backup providers will offer encryption services so that even if your data is intercepted it will remain secure.
Many experts argue that your data is safer being backed up to the cloud than being kept on in-house servers. One reason for this is that large cloud providers like Microsoft Azure have cutting edge security capabilities and tools that are far above what an individual organization could use on their own servers. Additionally, cloud backups allow you with a saving grace if your network is hacked or ransomed. Cyber attack rates have been steadily increasing in our digital age and many organizations are suffering. Some organizations lose everything from a single attack and are forced to shut their doors. This has happened to companies of all sizes. By having secure cloud backups as part of your managed IT services portfolio you are covered from any data loss or ransom and are able to easily restore your data from those backups.
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