One of the best ways for businesses to run smoothly is to use modern MSP technology that emphasizes data protection. As an MSP, in order to stay competitive, you must keep up with new solutions, particularly when it comes to data backup and security. Here are points to underscore with clients about how new technology can improve their businesses:
Public vs. Private Cloud
You can gain a strategic edge in MSP technology if you know how to set up a private cloud for your clients. While many businesses have migrated to the cloud, there are still plenty that are kicking, screaming and refusing to make the switch simply because they are uncomfortable with change. The key is to explain the differences between a public and private cloud.
Since a private cloud is only available to a business and its internal members, it is potentially much more secure than a public cloud. With a private cloud, outsiders can’t get into your network easily. A pubic cloud, however, may involve several clients sharing the same server. So, let the client know there is a higher risk using a public cloud, whereas a private cloud is potentially closer to bulletproof.
One of the advantages for any business using a public cloud is that it’s an effective place for affordable data backup and storage. To maximize data backup strategies, it’s important to store data in at least one off-site location, which ideally is a large established data center. Many public cloud accounts are free. You just need to make sure that confidential data is stored on its own server, which can be a virtual machine.
Another benefit to using a private cloud combined with a virtual server is that you can easily replicate multiple versions of your infrastructure on one virtual machine. You can also create segments on the virtual server for different departments so that the marketing department is separate from the accounting department in terms of how data is stored.
Data Recovery Priorities
As a top priority for clients, a data backup and recovery plan is essential. But if you are going to manage a private cloud then you need to make sure you have qualified talent and clients that can afford your services. While you have the option of partnering with a third-party data center, if you are going to offer a private cloud then you need a thorough understanding of government regulations regarding customer privacy.
The cloud can be used for backup and storage. Every business needs a disaster recovery plan so that it is prepared for worst-case scenarios, such as cyberattacks. Simply by making regular backups, you will be protecting your clients from breaches that can sink companies quickly. By offering a disaster recovery plan you will be offering much more protection than just storage. Whatever solution you implement, the client needs to be able to restore data and applications as quickly as possible to ensure business continuity.
Every business needs its own unique data backup and recovery solution using MSP technology or a partnership with a third-party data center. To stand out in the crowded IT field, play the role of a technology mentor for your clients and be clear that data protection is a top concern.