Cloud backup is the talk of the MSP services industry for a good reason. Though businesses can’t take advantage of the exact same cloud storage services as the general public, more robust solutions are available aside from the old-fashioned tape backup. Here’s why the cloud is the talk of the town:
Moving Beyond the Tape
There is no need to rely on those outdated tapes. Tapes were en vogue in the earliest days of computer backups. Everything, from audio cassettes to VHS tapes, was used to store data. Yet, tapes are prone to failure. They malfunction, degrade, and can be damaged with surprising ease. The bottom line is the tape is an unreliable and expensive storage device. Backing up information to a tape requires time-consuming manual processes that leave the door open for human error. The tape must comply with pre-set backup requirements and the tape must be handled properly to prevent damage. There is no guarantee that the tape will not be stolen or lost.
Software issues can corrupt information stored on a tape. Unfortunately, the problem might not be noticed until the time comes to restore. Furthermore, tapes have a linear format. This makes partial restores extremely time-consuming as one can’t simply find the data he needs in a few minutes or seconds. If a section of the tape data is corrupted or lost, it might not be possible to restore data from the remainder of the tape. Add in the fact that tapes are slow and it is easy to see why those who provide MSP services are on the prowl for a new solution.
The Cloud is More Reliable
Cloud backup providers are fully dedicated to offering reliable data backup and recovery. Cloud backup providers attempt to select the best possible hardware, apply elite software, establish the appropriate policies, and apply security solutions that are monitored and implemented by digital security gurus. The cloud also makes it comparably easy to run tests on restores. This way, it is easy to tell they will function when needed. All one needs is to download the information to in-house storage and determine if the data is up-to-date and clean.
Cloud Backup Solutions Make Manageability Easy
Data backups are inherently complex. It is difficult to keep data backups up-to-date and restore data in a timely and accurate manner. Select the proper cloud backup solution and you will find these management tasks are quite easy. The ideal cloud backup solution empowers IT to manage all machines, set alerts, monitor levels of service, and establish storage quotas.
The Cloud Removes the Guesswork
Data backup is too important to involve guesswork. The cloud eliminates the complexities of on-premises backup with tapes or disk-based systems. Such systems require an abundance of manual intervention, planning, and problem-solving. Shift to the cloud and you won’t have to bother with these issues. Moving to the cloud allows for a selection of what one desires to back up, the schedule at which data is backed up, and even the ability to establish restoration requirements. Backups are then conducted on time without flaw.
Improved Business Continuity
Business continuity is directly tied to data disaster recovery. A cloud solution allows for the establishment of high-speed links to data. Cloud solutions also allow for the root cause of the issue to be addressed while other data or the most important pieces of data are still accessible. You can even establish the frequency of backups.
Recovering Data in the Event of a Disaster
If something terrible were to occur like a fire or tornado, your on-site data storage/backup might be destroyed. The cloud backup site is not located near the office so such unfortunate events won’t compromise data. When the emergency is resolved, critically important business data can be restored first and less important data can be restored as time progresses.
Transition to the Cloud
It is clear that transitioning to the cloud provides all sorts of advantages. Storing and backing up data to the cloud is efficient, safe and cost-effective. Provide cloud backup as a component of your MSP services and it will prove to be a major selling point.