Data solutions and protection remain a challenge, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. Many businesses maintain in-house physical storage, or servers, within the vicinity of their operations. A business’s data is its most prized asset, and the loss of this data is one of the strongest blows to its continuity. Natural disasters, accidents, user error, and malicious attacks have impacted onsite data storage. As such, businesses across the world are moving to cloud-based backup solutions.
Cloud backup is essentially a cloud-based server located in a remote location and can be privately managed or publicly available. Larger businesses have the capacity and resources to sustain a private cloud server for their operations. Still, smaller organisations generally use shared infrastructure that hold the ability to store data from multiple users or tenants. Public cloud infrastructure is often managed by a provider to which a business subscribes.
On an individual level, we all have some awareness of what cloud backup is. Accessing our documents online or backing up our photos on our phones to a cloud is standard practice. However, for businesses, cloud data solutions are a game-changer, and this is why:
Reduced expenses and scalability
Cloud-based backup solutions ensure that there is no need for onsite hardware or server infrastructure, although the integration between on-premises and cloud backup infrastructure is fully supported by modern data protection platforms, providing client organisations flexibility and control over their data. The cost for backing up data to the cloud is presented as a set monthly fee instead of an ever-expanding shopping list for software licenses, equipment, and maintenance for an onsite server. The service provider will also conduct maintenance and regulatory updates to the cloud-based server as part of the operational subscription fee, ultimately shouldering the cost of the infrastructure. This cost-effectiveness is useful for those with finite IT budgeting, allows for simpler budgeting, and sets the business up for predictable set costs.
Cloud-based data solutions promote scalability and allow the business to grow without being bogged down by the cost and logistics of storing its most valuable asset. The business can also add on storage as needed without having to purchase more software and hardware. This on-demand scalability will likely come at a higher subscription price, but it takes the pressure off the business to implement and manage their additional storage.
Regular backups and easy accessibility
Another advantage of cloud data storage is the capacity for regular backups. Data is backed up automatically, continuously, and comprehensively without much intervention beyond the setup process. In many instances, data can be backed up into the cloud every 15 minutes. This regularity helps minimise data losses in disaster events. Regular backups are crucial in sustaining business operations and ensuring the business does not stand still when recovery is required. Furthermore, many cloud service providers now allow for ultra-backed-up data. Ultra-backed-up data entails multiple secure replications of crucial data and a complex protection workflow that reduces the risk of data loss or corruption.
The backup and restore process can also be initiated anywhere, using everyday pieces of technology like any computer, tablet, or smartphone. Unlike onsite backup solutions that can often be tedious due to manual backups, log reviews, and troubleshooting, cloud backup solutions offer businesses more convenient modes of accessing their data through the cloud server. This accessibility ultimately reduces user error, overhead costs, and the loss of valuable time, which can be used to increase the productivity and profitability of the business itself. With an internet connection, businesses can therefore access their backed-up data from anywhere and at any time.
Data resilience in the event of cyberattacks or disasters
As mentioned previously, cloud service providers allow for ultra-backed-up data that includes multiple secure replications of crucial data and a complex protection workflow that reduces the risk of data loss or corruption. The practice of redundancy is part of the more comprehensive security features provided by cloud service providers in general.
For some businesses that may not have cybersecurity personnel on their payroll, the expert service supplied by the provider would be crucial in securing valuable data. A well-managed cloud is safer than a business’s onsite data centre. In the age of prolific cyberattacks, cybercriminals frequently target onsite data servers through ransomware and malware. These criminals do more than corrupt the data but also tend to meddle with and erase local backups. Therefore, having encrypted, professionally secured off-site data backup vastly reduces businesses’ susceptibility to cyberattacks.
Besides cyberattacks, onsite disaster events like fire, flood, or other natural disasters will not affect the remotely backed-up data. Although the business may incur costs for damages to their premises and physical assets, the remote cloud-based data will be safe. This ensures that businesses do not have to cease their operations in the event of a disaster and can have continuous workflow again without much delay or difficulty, as well as preventing revenue loss and damages to their reputation.
Cloud-based data solutions are inevitably becoming the endgame for businesses across the world. It is more affordable and has the capacity for significant scalability in support of the business’s growth. With regular, ultra-backed-up data and easier accessibility, businesses can confidently operate knowing that their data is stored securely without incurring the infrastructure’s cost and complications. Cloud-based data storage also provides data resilience in the event of accidents, disasters, and malicious attacks. Businesses are afforded continuity of operations due to remote service providers implementing security features on an expert level. As such, the question for business stakeholders is not whether they should utilise cloud data solutions but when and how best to work with the cloud to benefit the business.
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