At the Core
1 September 15

Making The List: 5 Factors To Look For In A Cloud Backup Service

Just about every day in the typical office, you see signs that it's important to back up employee data. Workers make absentminded mistakes and lose files. Machines malfunction and data is lost. Outside, the threat of a blizzard or hurricane is lurking, always threatening your tech infrastructure.

"It's worthwhile to use cloud backup services for safeguarding your company's data."

For all of the above reasons, it's worthwhile to use cloud backup services for safeguarding your company's data. The cloud works as a security blanket for your company – even if some of your files go missing, there are always backup copies available when you need them, and it's a quick and painless process to retrieve them.

According to Business News Daily, choosing a cloud backup service is an essential part of disaster recovery planning. As you're anticipating all the different types of technical mishaps that might come your way, you need a cloud partner by your side, says Sara Angeles, an expert in technology, business and marketing.

"Investing in a cloud data backup service is one of the best decisions any business owner can make," Angeles told the news source. "A natural disaster could hit your town and destroy your systems, an employee could spill a drink on her computer and destroy it or someone could steal your equipment, but backing up data in the cloud makes these unfortunate events much more bearable."

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But how will you choose which cloud partner to work with? These days, tech startups are everywhere you look, and just about everyone is offering a cloud-based service. What you need is a checklist of the factors that matter most when implementing DR in the cloud. Below are five key considerations:

Storage space
How big is your business, and how much data are you working with? Perhaps the most important factor is how much storage space you need and whether all of your files will fit. Do all the calculations and make sure you've found a good match.

Easy scalability
Of course, businesses change all the time. Chances are, your company is attempting to grow right now – acquiring new clients, new employees, new streams of revenue. This means more data, so you'll probably need a cloud service that will allow you to scale up and take on more space.

Eliminating downtime
If a disaster does strike your tech infrastructure, you'll want to rebound quickly and keep your company in business. Therefore, you need a cloud solution that will help you get your files back ASAP. The less downtime, the better.

Frequent backups
When you do retrieve backup copies of your files, how old are they? Are they the most recent copies, complete with all the changes you made today, or are they stale backups from earlier this week? The more frequent your solution backs up your data, the better off you'll be.

Secure data
Finally, data security is always a key issue these days. When you put your files online, you have to be careful about getting hacked and losing them. Look around for a cloud provider you can trust to keep your files as secure as possible.

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