There is one application that the Cloud can be used for by all kinds of business and organizations:
Backup and Disaster Recovery (or BDR)
This is the one area where many businesses and organizations fail.
Sure, many may have the latest and greatest security technologies to fortify their defense again hacks and data breaches…
…but, what happens if a Cyber attacker breaks through it (which most likely will happen, given their level of sophistication these days)…?
…And literally brings your business to its knees?
Obviously, apart from finding out what exactly happened to allow the breach, your first priority will be to restore your business operations as quickly as possible.
Of course, this is done by following your Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) plans.
Ahhh, but what if you don’t have one?
This is where the Cloud can become your lifesaver.
5 HUGE benefits of cloud backup
1. You don’t have to purchase any new infrastructure devices (servers, computers, etc.)
Many small businesses today still use an on-premise server (a back-up server that is at the place of business) in order to back up their data.
Many business owners or managers might feel a sense of control with this kind of solution.
The truth of the matter is that money is being wasted by maintaining and upgrading on-premise servers…
Not to mention hiring the needed staff to run them.
By using the Cloud, however, you’ll have an already existing infrastructure in place to back up your data.
Namely your Internet Service Provider (who provides the bandwidth to actually back-up your data to the cloud) along with your Cloud Provider as well.
These two terms are very often used together since they work hand-in-hand (without an Internet connection, your Cloud service won’t work).
2. You’ll have extremely high levels of reliability
When you open a Cloud account to back up your company data, you are also essentially locking yourself in with your Internet Service Provider (Comcast, AT&T, etc.).
In their Cloud service contracts, they’ll specify that you will have something like 99.999% uptime reliability.
What this means is that if you need to restore your company data (due to a disaster and the like), there’s a 99.999% chance that you’ll be able to access your data in order to do so.
Many times, you’ll be able to restore your data in just a matter of minutes with a few clicks of the mouse.
Needless to say… That is a super HUGE benefit.
3. You’ll have greater levels of protection
By backing up your data to the Cloud, it will be far more protected than using an on-site server.
The primary reason for this is that the Cloud Service Provider, with whom you’re relying upon, will go to the greatest lengths possible in order to ensure that your data is safe.
In other words, by using the Cloud, all of the headaches and nightmares of making sure that your on-site server is safe from a Cyber attacker is eliminated.
Also, another prime benefit of the Cloud is that you can transfer your data files quickly and easily using the latest encryption protocols (at no extra cost to you!).
4. You’ll realize huge Cost Savings
When you are using the Cloud, you will gain the benefits of scalability.
This means that rather than paying a fortune for an on-site server, you literally pay pennies on the dollar with a Cloud Service Provider.
This translates into a fixed, monthly price for enterprise grade backup and recovery services that will be affordable to you.
5. No more tape backups
The use of the traditional tape backup is completely eliminated with the Cloud.
All you need is a secure File Transfer application and you will be able to upload and download your data in just a matter of a few seconds.
Also, many Cloud services will actually automatically update your data as you use or save it.
You won’t even have to think about it! Which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face… 😉
Are you interested in learning more about the Cloud? Do you need advice and help for backing up your data in the Cloud? Contact us now!