For as long as companies have relied upon computers as part of their daily routine, we've been talking about the importance of backing up key files. For over two decades now, there have been warnings about viruses, broken down machines or serious incidents – such as severe weather – that can damage our data.
Fortunately, our methods of managing these data backup processes have improved considerably. The days of simply saving a second copy of a file on a floppy disk are long over. We now have advanced solutions available for cloud backup so that we can move our files online, keeping them far away and well out of reach of whatever harmful agent might threaten them.
"Storing data in the cloud makes it easier to access later."
According to USA Today, though, there's still some debate over whether moving data to the cloud is a stronger course of action than simply copying files onto external hard drives. Technology evangelist Marc Saltzman explained that business leaders are grappling with a variety of factors including cost and convenience, and in many cases they still aren't sure.
"Chances are, you've wrestled with how to best protect your digital information on those devices," Saltzman noted. "That is, with all the important files you likely have, you might be unsure whether to rely on one of the many 'cloud' services available today or an external hard drive."
Maybe for a small mom-and-pop business, an external hard drive will do. But for larger companies, we're reaching the point where this decision is a no-brainer. The cloud has made so many steps forward in recent years that it's now the undeniable answer to myriad business questions, ranging from disaster recovery to simply sharing files for added convenience.
Here are four key reasons why cloud backup is the way to go.
One notable improvement to cloud technology in recent years is it's become more affordable. The key here is scalability – companies have found that they can easily adjust the level of capability they need based on the specifics of their business. This has helped them budget for data backup more efficiently.
Offsite data protection
When disaster strikes and you need to recover your data, the last thing you want is to turn to a backup solution that's right across the hallway. If a thunderstorm damaged critical files on one machine, the backup drive may well be in jeopardy as well. Offsite, remote data storage gives you a better medium of protection.
Easy access to data
Storing data in the cloud makes it easier to access later. If you save your files on backup tapes and have those tapes stored remotely, hundreds of miles away, they'll be safe, but they'll also be difficult to retrieve. Even the slightest bit of downtime should be a deal-breaker.
Improved sharing and collaboration
Overall, the cloud makes it easier for businesses to store their data, retrieve it when they need it and share it with co-workers, expediting collaboration and making the entire workplace more productive. If your business hasn't made the move already, now's the time to consider it more seriously.
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