Why Use a Cloud-Based Data Backup Solution? Here are 4 Reasons.

January 11, 2016

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By Aimee

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A solid backup plan can help your business survive catastrophic data loss. Cloud-based and traditional in-house solutions have both been used for backing up data. However, cloud-based solutions have several noteworthy advantages.

Here are four reasons to use a cloud-based data backup solution for your data:

1. Cost

Implementing an in-house data backup solution requires the purchase of necessary infrastructure, including the physical storage. These solutions almost always come with broad tiers of storage space, your business would often end up paying for much more space than you actually need.

The opposite holds true for cloud-based backup solutions wherein there's no need to purchase any infrastructure and there would be no cost for IT staff's time for installment and maintenance. Plus, you only pay for the storage space you actually use.

2. Scalability

There would be times where your company would need to significantly expand your data backup solution and this requires both time and money to scale an in-house backup solution. This is because a new infrastructure will likely be needed to be purchased and installed.

Cloud-based backup solutions seamlessly scale along with your company's needs. This completely eliminates all the overhead cost involved in scaling your own infrastructure, and lets you focus on growing your business instead.

3. Reliability

Cloud-based backup service providers sign service level agreements, or SLAs, with their clients. These agreements clearly state the level of uptime, or amount of time that the data backup service is guaranteed to be available. Uptime levels range from 99.9% to 99.999%, where the level is typically referred to by the number of nines. So 99.9% is "3 nines" and 99.999% is "5 nines."

Also, many service providers have redundant systems and contingency plans in place to ensure their level of uptime. If the uptime falls below a certain agreed-upon threshold, you may be entitled to a refund or service credits as per the SLA.

4. Disaster Recovery

It's generally considered a best practice to move copies of in-house backups to an off-site location or data centre. Otherwise, your business could permanently lose data if a fire destroys the server room, a tornado ravages the building, or another type of disaster occurs.

No such considerations are necessary with cloud-based backup solutions. Providers must meet the contractual obligations within their SLA, typically replicating all backups to multiple data centers. This redundancy essentially guarantees that your data is never lost.

In addition, recovering data from from a cloud-based backup solution tends to be much easier than restoring your own in-house backups. As long as you have internet access, restoring your data is as easy as a click of a button.

 


WHAT'S NEXT?

If you're ready to turn over your data backup to the more reliable cloud-based solutions, give us a call and we'll partner with you in designing a solution that best fits your needs. We provide a range of solutions that can be designed accordingly to companies' needs. 

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