According to a recent internet study, data protection continues to be a challenge for SME. The study had found that 60 percent of SME prefer to back up their company’s data using direct-attached storage, with most businesses (56%) having no plans to migrate to cloud backup.
Data is considered by many to be a company’s most valuable asset and in fact, 45% of the respondents said their organization had experienced data loss and 14% were never able to restore their lost business information.
Here are the four advantages of cloud backup:
Ø Cost Effectiveness This is the driving force behind the surge in the popularity of cloud storage. When you use a cloud storage service provider, you don’t have to own or maintain any of the hardware or software associated with backup storage. You simply pay a monthly fee to store your data. The savings are substantial, right down to the power you don’t use to run hardware storage equipment. Small businesses don’t have unlimited IT budgets therefore it is important to use a solution that makes sense and won’t require you to incur a huge capital investment.
Ø Accessibility Having data in the cloud allows you to have access to your data anytime and anywhere. If there is access to the Internet, such as a desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet. Just log into your cloud account, and all your stored data is there. No need to have to travel around with a laptop or go back to the office to see that important file.
Ø Flexibility Cloud storage systems are highly scalable. It can have much or as little space as you needed, and most providers will allow you to add storage capacity on demand and there is no upgrade or rollout wait for increased storage.
Ø Disaster Recovery It is extremely important to keep a copy of files offsite. Even if business files are backed up on a file server, a fire, hurricane, flood, theft and so on could destroy the backups. Keeping backup files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on. Disaster Recovery is also a much faster process, as the cloud back storage is readily available for restoration.