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Natural disasters are a way of life these days and we need to protect our business data at all costs because you never know when disaster will strike. Never think it won’t happen to you.

So first let me answer the question what exactly is cloud backup?  In a wide sense, cloud backup is a backup system where your files, folders, and even systems, are backed up to an offsite storage server over your Internet connection. When you back up your files and systems to a cloud solution, your files are stored off site, usually in redundant data centers. This means that should something happen to your files you can access your backups as long as you have an Internet connection. For many companies, this is arguably the most efficient form of backup because it is automatic and your data is stored remotely. The chance your data will be accessible if your business faces disaster is high.

So what are the cons of Cloud backup. Well there is really only one and that is you need an internet connection in order to restore your data. In most cases that won’t be a problem because you can access your cloud backup from anywhere and on any device. As long as you can find an internet connection, literally anywhere in the world, you can access your data.

So what are the pros?

  1. Decreased recovery time.  Because your data is stored online, as long as you have an Internet connection you can begin recovery right away; there is no having to go find your backup, then figure out how to recover it.
  2. Increased backup reliability.  Over time, physical systems break and need to be replaced, and this can happen at any time. Because online systems are managed by other companies like us, whose main job is to ensure backups are always available, you’ll see an increase in reliability.
  3. Decreased costs.  Physical backup systems can be costly, especially if you have a large number of systems or a large amount of data to back up. With Cloud backup there is usually a flat monthly fee that often works out to be less costly than physical backup systems.
  4. Increased data availability.  As long as you have an Internet connection, your data will be available. This means you don’t have to worry about your offsite physical data being okay if you have a problem or disaster strikes.

If you would like to learn more about cloud backup just let us know and we can show you just how dynamic and effective our solutions can be. Don’t wait until you have to face a backup issue to back up your vital data!

Published on 7th May 2015 by Jeanne DeWitt.

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