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Why Backup to the Cloud?

Data Is the Business

With the ever-growing complexity and volume of corporate information that is created every day, corporations face the cold hard truth; without your data, you have no business … data Is the business. This is why it’s critical to have a dependable modern system to safeguard your company’s valuable business data. Cloud backup, recovery and restoration options have performed and emerged as the best most secure, cost-effective solution. Still not convinced?  We’ll take a look at a few of the key advantages that cloud can offer your business.

Backup Reliability

1. The reliability of backups and speed of recovery are improved. Tape drives are extremely unreliable for data backup. In fact, it’s very common for a tape drive to malfunction without giving any warning signs whatsoever. Too often backup tapes will contain data, but won’t allow you to retrieve that data. However, a cloud backup and recovery system instantly restore data regardless of your location, including individual files, the most common type of data recovery. By working with a managed service provider, you can establish Recovery Time Objectives and Recovery Point Objectives that match your business requirements.

Data Security

2. Security, security, security. The security of your company’s important data is critical. Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted once they reach their destination. The only decryption key resides with the customer, and these safeguards are superior to unencrypted on-premise data backup and recovery systems.

3. Once you select a backup schedule, your company’s data is saved automatically, providing a transparent solution. Think of this as a set it and forget it, model. This results in less operational and administrative management for data backup.

4. Smarter use of your IT resources A cloud backup, recovery and restore solution allows your business to redirect valuable IT resources to more pressing challenges or strategic initiatives within your organization. The inherent scalability of cloud backup makes it easy to evolve as your business data environment grows and changes.

5. Compliance safeguards Although your company will continue to assume liability for data security when moving to cloud backup, a provider using multiple data centers that are geographically diverse can offer a backup solution with more reliability and redundancy than tape backup.

6. Tape backup has many shortcomings, so eliminate them. If you weren’t already aware of this, but tape backups are often expensive. Not to mention vulnerable to obsolescence. Tape can be lost, or worse they can be stolen when storing or transporting off-site. What can be worse is recovering data from a tape system. It can be a slow process, especially if a tape needs to be retrieved from an off-site vault. Want to learn more?

Cloud-Based Backup Solutions

More and more companies are moving their server infrastructure to the cloud. Meaning that the once was stored internally on servers owned and maintained by a company is now. Moving into server farms where the purchase and management of the servers is taken care of by a 3rd party vendor that specializes in hosting cloud based solutions. This could be apps, servers, data or a combination of services.

Switching to a cloud-based backup system in today’s business environment it is an important decision that requires a clear understanding of how such a solution will integrate into your business. Also, know that all cloud backup solutions are not created equal.  Using a solution that allows your business to save data in divergent locations to protect from disasters such as fires and floods is just the best option for keeping your company data safe and secure.

To get answers to the most common questions that companies have about cloud backup, contact Slick Cyber Systems online or call (570) 371-5800 for more information.