Five benefits of cloud backup
Cloud backup services are now broadly adopted by organisations of all sizes
Discover the reasons why cloud backups are seen as the best practice approach to securing business data, with our benefits of cloud backup below:
Protecting valuable data is the most important reason why cloud backup works.
Saving information to a disk or an external hard drive is far from a suitable solution for business. These can go missing, be corrupted or get damaged. Onsite backup servers are a little better, but can fall victim to catastrophes and natural disasters that then lead to huge problems with data recovery. Without careful maintenance, a single onsite backup server can also suffer hardware failure. Turning to an online backup service can protect data and companies from these problems.
Not only is data stored in the cloud safe from catastrophes, cloud-based backup is also safe from human error. Data cannot be left on the bus or in the office accidentally as often is the case when physically taking a backup offsite. And only authorised users can access cloud backups. Multiple levels of data accessibility and specified logins allow only certain users access, so the risk of accidental deletion is eliminate.
Cloud-based services adopt military-grade encryption to secure data. If files are accidentally deleted, altered or corrupted, backup services can restore the files to their previously saved state or indeed roll back to an older date if necessary.
Most businesses are already aware of the benefits that cloud services bring. Instead of saving only crucial documents, cloud-based backup allows for all documents to be saved and accessed remotely. Ease of access to documents means increased productivity. Emails can be accessed from any device, and streaming video and audio files played without having to download them.
Using the cloud for backup and security also increases business productivity due to automatic and default backups and restores. Users or admins don’t have to worry about forgetting to backup as this can be automatically scheduled for peace of mind and increased business efficiency
Although the first cloud backup may take some time, depending on the amount of data companies store, subsequent backups, will only demand a fraction of that time. Only the changes made to the data is updated, meaning that cloud-based backup in the long run can be very efficient with no detrimental impact.
Understand how data transferred for backups with our movement of data infographic.
When paying for a cloud-based backup service, support is covered by the provider. This includes 24/7 monitoring of your cloud backup to check its safety.
Good suppliers will also agree a schedule on which to test your cloud backup. This is more important than you might think – you’d be surprised the amount of businesses that find, in their hour of need, that their non-cloud backup solution has failed without them knowing.
Support also offers peace of mind. If you are having to reach for your cloud backup, it normally means something has gone wrong. The situation will likely be stressful. Having questions answered and problems solved by an IT professional as quickly as possible, rather than having to deal with it yourself, will therefore feel valuable.
Along with the support benefits of cloud backup, paying for a cloud-based backup can prove significantly cheaper than onsite solutions. A cloud backup solution eliminates the need for the equivalent in-house file server saving you money on server hardware.
Without that server hardware, you also save on server maintenance costs, infrastructure upgrade costs (when you run out of space on your backup), and the energy costs for heating and cooling that server hardware (as much as £200 a month).
Should you need more space, a good cloud backup solution provider will be able to increase your cloud capacity in just a few hours at only a little extra cost. The same cannot be said for an in-house backup!
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