Today, businesses are increasingly looking to cloud services for scalability and flexibility, and that includes backup services. By backing up data in the cloud, businesses can reduce costs and operations through offloading some of their risk to a service provider. Here, we share with you four ways how cloud-based remote backup can benefit.
- Reduce Cost
The most obvious benefit of cloud computing has got to be cost savings. Cloud-based remote backup can mean a significant reduction in upfront capital expenditure because there is no need to purchase extensive hardware infrastructure. Instead, businesses pay for only what they use.
- Highly Flexible
A cloud infrastructure adds considerable flexibility and agility to enterprise architecture. As cited earlier, the scalable, elastic storage capacity afforded by a cloud service means that rapid data growth or decline can be easily accommodated. At the same time, the metering capabilities of a cloud service ensure that a business only pay for the storage it uses.
Flexibility also comes in the form of speed of execution. When it comes to remote backup, using the cloud means data backups can happen at high speeds of up to 1Gbps of data transfer. This no doubt beats traditional backup mediums such as DVD or USB drives.
Finally, a globally synced cloud infrastructure can facilitate data access from anywhere using any device at any time, which contributes to greater user flexibility and productivity. This cloud advantage is even more important when a business has overseas offices and needs to integrate its business processes as a whole.
- Reduce Risk
Remote backup can reduce several risks. For instance, remote backup also reduces the likelihood of underprovisioning data storage. During daily IT operations, data usage patterns can’t always be predicted. There is the possibility of unanticipated spikes in storage requirements — some beyond the capacity physically available. This is where cloud backup comes in. Cloud providers offer elastic resource allocation and unlimited data retention, making it less likely that storage capacity will ever be exhausted.
Also related to risk is data security. In cloud computing, security is often considered a challenge because the business is entrusting some of its IT systems or data to a third party. Nevertheless, there are several benefits that cloud computing may offer with respect to security.
Cloud providers typically undergo very strict security audits. In addition, precisely because they are entrusted with clients’ information, providers typically employ best-available security procedures and solutions, and they keep those solutions up to date.
Furthermore, when using cloud for backup, it can be easier for a business to isolate customer and employee data if they are managed in different environments. For example, it may make sense to house customer information in the cloud and staff information on an internal network.
- Quality of service
Quality of service is clearly a major concern. Cloud service providers offer better economies of scale and specialization, as they have rigorous processes and procedures to maximise uptime and optimise performance.
An on-demand, cloud-based service model can also be better than an on-premise purchased and installed software because the service provider is able to distribute new functionality transparently without IT department intervention. As a result, users often receive more frequent and timely updates as well as new functionality without the company’s own IT staff having to test, schedule and provision each rollout.
With cloud-based backup, business data is always protected. Businesses no longer need to worry about the loss of data from sudden crash or hardware failure.