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Why it’s so important to have Cloud Backups

Cloud backups enable your organization to send a copy of your critical data to another location in the cloud so that if your data is compromised, you can restore information, ensure business continuity, and defend against devastating IT crises.

The industry best practice for backups is and has always been the 3-2-1 strategy. This simply states that you should have 3 copies of your data. Your production data backed up to two different media (Snapshot backups) with one copy offsite in the cloud for an additional disaster recovery protection layer (be it data or snapshots)

Data loss can happen at any moment, at any scale. The “norm” in the IT world is not IF a disaster will happen, but rather WHEN. It could be as innocent as unwittingly placing your laptop on a magnet and destroying your hard-disk drive (believe me, it happens), or a bad storm triggering a power surge and taking data stored on an on-premises backup with it. It can be a bad generator or UPS with load shedding causing surges.

This is where cloud backup comes in—data stored off-site, securely.

Using cloud backup, IT teams can send copies of your data via the cloud to another location. If data is compromised, they can restore information seamlessly while ensuring business continuity—effectively preventing a major IT crisis. However, data security and compliance become even more salient with cloud backup. Giving you an additional layer of protection.

1. Reliability

Backing up data off-site can provide your team with a bit of freedom. By backing up to the cloud, you provide your data with protection from types of data loss including those caused by natural disasters, human error, or ransomware. While your organization may, unfortunately, have to deal with these issues, not having to worry about the protection of your data is one thing you can check off your list during times of crisis.

Cloud backup vendors typically track reliability by providing additional data management features, around-the-clock monitoring, and reporting. Some products even include threat detection features that alert them, and you, about any potential issues that may affect your data. Given that, cloud backup can provide your team with great peace of mind. Knowing your data is securely stored, away from any pesky magnets or hackers, is almost invaluable.

2. Scalability

Unlike on-premises backup, cloud backup software does not require additional hardware or software licenses. Out the gate, this reduces start-up costs typically associated with backup. Not to mention that cloud backup software typically takes care of tasks like deduplication and backup size reduction for users as well.

And since there is no hardware to upgrade or reconfigure, your team again saves money by letting a cloud backup provider handle those logistical details.

3. Flexibility

Cloud backup includes features such as data syncing, data mirroring, instant restore, and more that are not always options with on-premises backup.

Additionally, as data is stored in the cloud, it is accessible from anywhere. This means that data access for your team is vastly improved, allowing team members to access data while working remotely. This may be crucial in times of disaster.

Discussions about which devices you need to access your data become a thing of the past. Cloud backup solutions typically allow users to grab their data from any device and recover their data from any device.

Further to this, you can have flexible backup plans, such as your SQL Databases, Pastel Data etc. to be backed up to the cloud every hour, and your user data as an example, every 4 hours while you do the normal snapshot backups after hours.

4. Security & Compliance

Cloud backup solutions include management of data policy and regulations, helping users prevent having to pay potential fines and penalties. Cloud backup software ensures not only the quality of your data but its protection. Using cloud backup also ensures that your data is encrypted from one transfer end to the other. Encryption provides increased data security so that data copied to multiple locations does not experience an increased likelihood of being compromised. The Industry standard uses 256 AES Encryption for all backups.

Another key feature of cloud backup solutions is that they take care of regulatory compliance for users.

Some of the latest trends in the IT Industry is where systems are compromised, hackers spend a few days on the systems before they launch their attack. In such, we have seen in recent times where local backup repositories are compromised, making the normal onsite backups rendered useless. This is another critical component where cloud backups come in as a vital part of protection for your business.

We have seen and experienced this with some of our customers. Fortunately, in both events, the customers had a full 3-2-1 strategy in place, where we simply used the last offsite drive rotated, restored the systems, and then brought the latest data back from the cloud, and had the client operational with absolute minimal data loss.

Author – Mark Venter

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