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.
- 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.