Enterprises are nowadays generating vast amounts of business critical data and so are badly in need of an efficient and reliable backup and disaster recovery solution. Unfortunately, most of the SMBs usually lack the resources found in large scale enterprises and as a result they ignore these solutions which eventually leads to monetary loss. In addition to it, small and medium businesses, such as financial firms, health care sector and legal firms need to have their data stored for long periods of time. So, in order to retain data for long periods of time an effective storage solution is needed.
SMB owners have a vision till date that by storing data in external drives, emails and USB drives, it can be secured and is well protected. But as per the survey conducted by IDC, almost 42% of data is lost due to mechanical failures, which is out of control of an enterprise IT team. Therefore the need to secure the data offsite seems to be the best solution. Most of the IT experts recommend cloud based backup and disaster recovery, as it is the most convenient form of storing business critical data.
Cloud based backup provides off-site data storage of files, folders or the entire contents of a hard drive. The data is accessible and retrievable on a fast note, which will be an on- demand feature during the time of disaster recovery.
Here are some of the benefits offered by cloud based backup and disaster recovery-
Reduced costs- Cloud based backup and recovery will be a good replacement to traditional high data storage costs, as the need of purchasing new equipment and management costs get eliminated. Thus, Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can be lowered.
Automated- This online backup and recovery service is fully automated and takes place in an encrypted and secure way.
Testing of solution can take place, without any downtime.
Rapid recovery of data-Nowadays, cloud based disaster recovery is possible within a time frame of 15 minutes – 8 hours.
Setup and installation of a cloud based backup is easy, as just a software download will set the things upright.
Cloud based backup is seen as a reliable solution than the tape based regime.
Backup frequency can be configured as per the user preferences.
All permitted users can access the data from a web browser interface via an internet connection.
- Off-site replication and mirroring of business critical data can be achieved across multiple geographical locations, which thus trigger minimal downtime.
Cloud based backup and recovery is made flexible, as any change to the business and evolutions to recovery solution can be customized.
Enterprises can reduce their server count and save a lot on their energy bills.
Less server footprint, will ultimately lead to a Green IT initiative.
Many SMBs do not trace out the critical vulnerabilities existing in their data protection methods. They only realize it when a disaster strikes and the data loss takes place. A cloud based backup and disaster recovery offers an automated way of protecting business critical data from disasters such as malware attacks, human errors, equipment failures and other disruptions. So, it is like a boon to SMBs as they will enjoy its presence justified to the investment they have made on it.