What Is Cloud Backup? Can I Survive Without An Umbrella?

by | Mar 25, 2014 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Asking “What Is Cloud Backup?” Can Result In Many Different Answers

Any company owner who’s ever experienced down time while trying to retrieve data info vital to resuming business activities understands the phrase “sweating bullets.” While a good, on-site backup system is a must-have in today’s business world, it should not be your only source for disaster recovery. Many companies have discovered the technical and security advantages of cloud based, secondary backups that are kept at offsite locations. But what is cloud backup, you ask, and will I need an umbrella to use it?

Cloud backup (also known as online backup), is a strategy for moving data offsite to a managed service provider for protection. It can be used in conjunction with your on-site backup system, or replace it all together.  The advantages of having a cloud backup system in place are many, and include the following:

Ease of use: Clouds generally are made up of easy-to-use web-based management and user interfaces with excellent data synch and minimal maintenance. Set-up and configuration wizards are easy and cloud backup can be deployed in just minutes.

Flexibility: Cloud backup happens continuously, assuring that your data is protected and recoverable. Data recovery can take place on demand, which offers excellent recovery time. Cloud solutions can also facilitate data access from anywhere from any device at any time, which is more proficient for business’s who need to integrate certain processes with those of its suppliers, partners and customers.

Scalability: Storage capacity can be increased or decreased as necessary without the hiccups sometimes associated with backup hardware. Additionally, clouds offer unlimited data retention, making it less likely that your storage capacity will ever be exhausted.

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Compatibility: Most cloud solutions can easily be incorporated with other data storage apps and operating systems.

Low footprint: Cloud solutions save on power and energy consumption because there is no need for large server rooms. This also helps lower a business’s energy bills.

Cost effectiveness: Because there is no need for expensive hardware infrastructure, businesses that use cloud-based remote backups only pay for actual usage. It may also cut down on the need for a large staff of IT administration and/or support.

While the above advantages of having a cloud backup are important for any business owner to ensure his/her business data is protected around the clock, peace of mind from worry is a priceless advantage the cloud can also offer. If you would like more information about cloud backup and how it can benefit your business, please contact us. We will be happy to explain how having a cloud over your head can be a good thing. And we promise you won’t need that umbrella!

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.