12 Practical Reasons to move to Cloud Backup

Data is the lifeline of every organisation. And of course, this data needs to be kept secure, accessible and backed up in the event of disaster. This is not a topic to be taken lightly, since 43% of businesses do not reopen after a major data loss. However, cloud backup provides a strong solution.

 

Here’s why:

  • 1. Ease of operation – cloud backup is an automated process. Once the schedule is set, all specified data will be backed up automatically.
  • 2. Efficient disaster recovery – cloud backup provides 24/7 access to backup data from any location.
  • 3. Scalability – increasing or decreasing storage capacity is quick and easy.
  • 4. Lower TCO – with no significant upfront costs, cloud backup shifts the investment to a manageable and predictable opex model. Hence lowering the TCO.
  • 5. Minimised downtime – data can be restored in just a few clicks and this is significantly faster than tape-based backup solutions.
  • 6. Data security – service providers offer strong physical security and information security through data encryption.
  • 7. Reduced storage space – data de-duplication and compression reduced the storage space demanded by the backup.
  • 8. Business security – because industry surveys suggest that, of companies suffering a major data loss, only 6% survive long term. Of course, adequate data protection mitigates this risk.
  • 9. Availability of resources – Moving backup to the cloud frees up internal resources for value-adding projects.
  • 10. Stronger compliancy – cloud backup in geographically diverse data centres provides greater reliability and security than traditional tape back up.
  • 11. Central data storage – as increasing numbers of mobile devices are used, cloud back up provides a central repository for all company data.
  • 12. Automatic upgrades – upgrades to storage infrastructure are the responsibility of the cloud provider.