The Truth About Why SMBs Need a Cloud File Server Today

by | Sep 18, 2014 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

A cloud file server protects your business

Computer failure and data loss are bound to happen, and when they do the effects can be devastating to your workplace. Having a backup and recovery plan is crucial to protecting the longevity of any business. Lost files can halt productivity as well as risk breaking compliance regulations. By using a backup service that provides a cloud file server you protect your business’ interests while maintain control of your data.

Cloud backup is the process of backing up data to a remote, cloud-based server over the internet. The data is stored in multiple connected servers that share resources. This allows you to store and access data anytime you are connected to the internet.

There are many benefits that cloud backup provides compared to an internal physical backup system. While it’s good to have both, as you’ll have multiple copies of your backups, the cloud allows for an extra level of security. For example, if a nature disaster such as a flood or fire renders your computer’s and server unusable you will still be able to recover the data that was stored on the cloud file server. Storing files on the cloud allows you to access them from anywhere that has internet. This is perfect for collaborating with employees across the globe and provides a central location that all of your important data will be stored and accessed from.

One of the most convenient things about any backup service is that it is automated. Its easy to forget, and time consuming, to make multiple backups of files. When you use a cloud backup provider they take care of all of that for you, but you still maintain the control of your data and decide what needs to be kept.

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Backing up your data on a cloud file server is also one of the cheapest ways to secure your important files and records. Since you do not have to worry about maintaining servers and manually backing up data, you and and your business can work on the things that are more important.

There are some disadvantages as well. If you need to backup large files, a fast internet connection is required. The same goes for restoring large files and folders, and even with a fast connection it can require a lot of waiting. Also, you have to be aware that you are storing your data on another business’ servers so it is vital that you research potential providers and make sure that they are reputable.

At Invenio IT we provide backup and recovery services to business that want to focus on the stuff that matters. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.