We often advise our clients about how essential it is to maintain updated data backup to ensure they’re protected in case of prolongd power outages or even natural disasters. There are two main options to choose from — traditional data backup, which is physically located onsite, or cloud backup, in which essential company data is maintained offsite and exists primarily online.
The cloud is becoming increasingly popular and is often considered essential by larger clients looking to offset some of the significant costs involved in setting up enough physical backup systems to handle the huge amount of data they need maintained. Should your company switch to cloud backup? We have a few ways to know if it’s the right choice for you.
While it’s useful and convenient to keep an extra hard drive or servers in your office, sustained power outages or even the aftermath of natural disasters like an earthquake, flood, or storm damage could do serious damage to your facility — and to the equipment you’re using to back up your data. Cloud backup ensures that when you need access to your data, it will be there, regardless of what kind of shape your physical facility or network is in.
Many of our clients are initially nervous about how secure cloud backup really is. After all, cyber attacks are on the rise, and it can seem like not having your data physically on-hand would only make it less secure. The truth is just the opposite. Cloud systems send data through an encrypted connection that is maintained at a facility with top-of-the-line servers, power backups, and on-site security. Your data ends up being far safer than it would be if you kept it within your own facility.
The greatest selling point of cloud backup is simply that it is incredibly affordable, especially when compared to the significant investments in setting up a secure, updated backup system onsite. Cloud backup is based on a monthly fee subscription model and doesn’t require constantly purchasing newly updated equipment year after year. The result? Your IT budget will save big.
Our advice to our clients is to back up about once a day for maximum security in case of disaster, but that is simply not doable when dealing with creating physical backups within your office. Rather than settling for only being able to back up your system once every couple of weeks at best, working with the cloud ensures continuously updated backups. If your power goes down and you lose equipment, you won’t lose hours or even days of work.
If you think using cloud services might be the right choice for your business, but you’re looking for a little more information, BACS is the company to call! We have long-term experience in both traditional and cloud backup services, so we’ll be able to walk you through the pros and cons and help you make the decision that works best for your business. You can reach us today by clicking the banner below, or just give us a call at (650) 887-4601.
Published on 9th March 2016 by James Berger.