Cloud Backups: The way to go!

06/19/2023 9:58 AM By cfridrich

Cloud-Backups Are More Important Today Than Ever

Why is a cloud-based backup solution more important today than a traditional backup solution?

A cloud-based backup solution, sometimes also referred to as Backup as a Service, or BaaS, is more important today than ever and outpacing traditional backup models for several reasons:

Accessibility: With a cloud-based backup solution, data can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. This means that businesses can easily restore data from backups, even if their physical office or backup server is unavailable due to a disaster or outage.

Scalability: Cloud-based backup solutions can be easily scaled up or down to meet changing business needs. Additional storage can be added or removed on demand, without the need to purchase and maintain additional hardware.

Redundancy: A cloud-based backup solution typically offers multiple layers of redundancy, ensuring that data is protected against data loss due to hardware failures or disasters. This is often achieved through replication of data across multiple geographic locations, making it less vulnerable to localized disasters.

Security: Cloud-based backup solutions often include advanced security features such as encryption, multi-factor authentication, and access controls. These features provide a higher level of security than traditional backup solutions, which may be more vulnerable to physical theft or unauthorized access.

Cost-effective: Cloud-based backup solutions can be more cost-effective than traditional backup solutions, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. They often require less upfront investment in hardware and maintenance, and can be more easily managed and monitored.

Overall, a cloud-based backup solution offers greater accessibility, scalability, redundancy, security, and cost-effectiveness than a traditional backup solution. Proper capital and ongoing operational investments must be made and each of these critical elements must be factored in, planned, and built when going the route of a traditional backup solution. Ongoing maintenance, service, support, and upkeep must be considered as well. Perhaps the biggest consideration of traditional backup solutions is the investments in time of important IT staff: daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly.  Do you really want those tapes at your house?

Whereas in most cloud-based backup and recovery solutions, the providers are working at a much greater scale and efficiency. All of those elements are already built-in and generally at a much greater efficacy than you or your business are willing to invest. You’ll likely get much more protection for much less money. This makes a cloud-based backup solution an important consideration for businesses looking to protect their data and ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster or outage.