Many businesses are flocking to cloud computing technology as a way of backing up their valuable data and information.
As a business operator, rather than jumping on the proverbial bandwagon, it’s best to understand what is involved first and why cloud backup solutions is the right course of action to take for your business.
So here is a simple guide we’ve put together to help you understand the cloud backup phenomenon and how it can help you.
What is cloud backup?
Cloud backup allows you to store data and information virtually using an internet connection, to an off-site server which is usually hosted by a third party service provider. These services take a portion of your hard drive and synchronise it with the online storage. So if you make changes on the hard disk, they are then quickly replicated to the cloud storage. If you have other systems on the account, the files are synchronized down to them. And so as you work on your files they are automatically backed up.
How much does it cost?
Cloud backup costs vary as the third party service provider charges the backup customer a fee based on capacity, bandwidth, initial implementation and how long the time and effort it would take to recover the data.
What is involved?
The cloud backup service provider will work with you to take a comprehensive approach to review, assess and classify data for backup. As some data is not as relevant as other data given that some is older and therefore less valuable, it is important to discuss this with your service provider first.
Then after selecting your files, your data will be compressed in order to reduce transfer time and then encrypted at your site before transmission. During transmission to your cloud backup service provider it will remain encrypted so that it remains secure and that hackers and unauthorised people cannot access the information.
Your cloud backup service provider will work with you to discuss timeframes should you require access or need to recover parts or all of your stored data.
What are the main benefits of cloud backup?
- Choosing cloud backup offers you a virtual off-site solution to storing your business data
- It is simple to use
- Pay as you go so don’t need large sums of business capital
- You can set it up and not have to worry about it as data will synchronise automatically
- Minimises the risk of accidental data loss
- Reduces the risk of system failures
- No impact on data if there are hardware crashes
- Limits the risk of theft and fraud
- No impact on valuable data if there is a natural disaster as it is stored offsite
- Safe and secure
To find out more, why not turn to Business Works’ team of IT experts who can provide you with advice on finding a cloud backup solution that best suits your business. We also offer server support, networking services, business IT support, laptop and computer repairs in Melbourne. So why not give us a call on 1300 732 810 and we’ll tailor a cloud backup solution that’s right for you!