In my previous blog, I discussed the key reasons why small and medium-sized businesses should implement a comprehensive data backup and disaster recovery process. With a best practice, two-tier backup system, you have both local, immediate restore and sharing data backup, combined with a secondary backup in an offsite location, for which I recommended using a cloud-based solution.
Many companies are already embracing cloud data backup, and for good reason, as there are many technical, economic and security benefits. The advent of cloud storage has created an affordable multi-tier BDR option to backup critical data for retrieval after a data loss event or other disaster.
Here are a few of the key benefits companies can gain with backup disaster recovery in the cloud:
- Improved data protection: Cloud backup assures that your data is recoverable and protected. With industry-leading encryption and security practices, cloud-based data is highly secure. Don’t buy into the hype about the cloud being less secure. It’s just not true.
- Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Zero capital expense and predictable subscription pricing keep total cost of ownership low.
- Ease of use: Cloud BDR solutions tend to have easy-to-use web-based management and user interfaces. At most, cloud solutions require a light-weight agent on devices used for data synch to the cloud, so you have minimal maintenance.
- Fast implementation: Rapid deployment in a matter of minutes with set-up and configuration wizards.
- Leverage existing IT: Most cloud solutions interoperate with existing storage devices, applications and operating systems.
- Lower energy consumption: No need for larger server rooms, saving power consumption and energy bills. If you have a Green IT initiative, this is a great way to lower your carbon footprint and energy consumption by leveraging a proven cloud vendor.
- Agility and scalability: Because it’s cloud-based, increasing or decreasing your storage capacity should be painless. Try to avoid any tiered pricing as you increase data volumes.