Four benefits to using Cloud Backup

Four reasons why you’ll want to include a cloud-based data backup solution in your backup plans, and the advantages they have over traditional in-house options.

To help your company survive catastrophic data loss, you need a solid data backup plan can. While traditional in-house solutions can be used, cloud-based solutions have several distinct advantages.

Here’s out top four reasons we believe a cloud-based data backup is better than a traditional in-house solution:

1. The Costs.

To implement an in-house data backup solution, it will require your company to purchase all of the associated infrastructure, including the physical storage space. And depending on the size or tier of the solution, you might end up paying for a physical device with more space than you need.Not so with a cloud-based data backup solution. You don’t need to purchase any infrastructure, or pay for the IT staff to maintain it. And as for the required physical storage, you will only pay for what you use.

2. Flexibility & Scalability

Company data never shrinks, it grows. An in-house data backup solution must have the ability to expand. That takes both time and money. As your data begins to grow you’re going to need to purchase new infrastructure to keep up with that.Cloud-based data backup solutions can be scaled to suit your company’s data-growth needs. Easily, seamlessly, and quickly. This totally eliminates infrastructure expenditure and overheads, and lets you focus on growing your business.

3. Reliability

An in-house data backup solution does not have to be accountable to a performance based SLA. Quality cloud-based data backup service providers adhere to SLAs. These agreements will clearly state the amount of time your service is guaranteed to be available. If the uptime falls below an agreed threshold, you may be entitled to a refund or service credit. Uptime levels range from 99.9% to 99.999%. This is typically referred to by the number of nines. A 99.9% is known as “3 nines” and 99.999% is known as “5 nines.”An in-house data backup solution rarely includes redundant equipment, or failsafe’s. Quality cloud-based data backup service providers have redundant systems and contingency plans in place. This ensures high levels of availability, safety, and security.

4. Disaster Recovery

Best practice suggests copies of in-house data backups be stored in an off-site location. This protects your company against data loss in the event of say a fire destroying the server room. Or an extreme weather event, like a flood or destructive winds.

For a quality cloud-based data backup service provider, this is entirely unnecessary. In order to meet their SLA obligations, they need redundancy. By replicating all the cloud-based backup data to multiple data centres, the risk of data loss is reduced to almost nothing. In addition to that level of safety and security, is data recovery flexibility. A cloud-based backup solution can be easier to restore from compared to own in-house backup solution. If you have Internet, you can restore from anywhere, to anywhere. You can’t do that with an in house data backup solution.2

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