Lost data, and worse, lost sites, can cost businesses serious money. About 44 percent of lost data is due to issues such as accidental deletion or software crashes, unavoidable problems that can strike even the most carefully maintained of websites. And those losses, on average, cost $8,000 per hour of downtime. Imagine the cost if you lost your entire website to a glitch or a hack.
Since time is money when dealing with these types of data losses, you need a way to quickly restore your site. Fast, easy, and secure data restoration is the goal of cloud backup and disaster recovery. What is cloud disaster recovery? And how can it help your business? Read on to find out.
Cloud backup uses data secured in the cloud.
The foundation of cloud backup and disaster recovery is the storage of data on what is referred to as "the cloud." In reality, the cloud is a secure, off-site facility where physical and online steps are taken to keep data safe.
When disaster recovery is necessary, clients can quickly access their data at these centers. Because of the manner in which the data is stored, clients can get their data back very efficiently, which saves them costly downtime.
Security for cloud backup prevents data loss.
The biggest advantage that cloud backup offers clients is the prevention of data loss thanks to stringent security measures. Thanks to these security measures, even hacks that lead to significant data loss do not touch the data that the client stores on the cloud.
Data stored in the cloud in this manner is much safer than data that is stored on a hard drive backup for a number of reasons. Here are some of the security measures that protect data stored on the cloud.
- Data is separated from the client's website and hard drive backups.
- Data centers use firewalls to prevent hacking.
- Data encryption also prevents hacking, even while data is in motion.
- Physical security prevents break ins.
- Data centers can be located anywhere on earth to prevent loss from natural disasters near the client's location.
- Data is secured using high-quality materials and protocols to handle any fire or natural disaster that should strike the data center.
- Data centers sometimes use multiple power grids to prevent loss due to power outages.
Thanks to these security measures, data on the cloud is extremely safe, while remaining accessible to clients whenever they need to quickly restore lost data.
Cloud backup and disaster recovery protects against a wide range of problems.
Restoring your data in the event of a loss is the primary advantage of cloud backup. Because of the secure, off-site, efficient storage that cloud backup provides, it allows for the restoration of data in the event of almost any type of disaster. Here are a few of the problems that can be mitigated by cloud backup.
- Accidental deletion
- Software crashes
- Natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, fires, and floods
- Bugs in your IT infrastructure
- System crashes
- Power outages
- And More
Cloud disaster recovery offers advantages over storing and recovering data in other ways.
Can clients store data in ways other than cloud backup? The answer, of course, is yes. Hard drive backups, for example, are very common among small businesses in particular. In fact, 51 percent of small businesses use hard drive backups that are located locally to the business. Virtual servers can also be used as backups, and the data can actually be accessed via the Internet..
These hard drive backup solutions do allow for an extra copy of data to be stored for access in the event of data loss. However, they do not provide the same level of secure storage that cloud backup does. For example, natural disasters can destroy hard drive backups that are stored near the client. Similarly, hard drive backups can be susceptible to hackings and thefts in ways that the more secure cloud backup storage is not. Even virtual servers can have problems.
Cloud backup is flexible and affordable.
Small businesses in particular often worry about the costs associated with backing up and securing their data. They sometimes view cloud backup and data recovery as an expensive luxury instead of as the affordable necessity it is. The reality is that cloud backup is both flexible and affordable.
Cloud backup is flexible because there are many services out there that offer this type of backup. Each service offers its own particular amenities, features, and processes so you can pick the one that serves your business best.
For example, perhaps you do not require military-grade encryption but you do require natural disaster protection of your data because of where your business is located. Maybe you want to simply backup your data for disaster recovery, or maybe you want to keep a virtual copy of your entire website in the cloud in the event that you lose your entire site due to a catastrophe.
Cloud backup is affordable because different services and options will come with different cost amounts, allowing you to find a solution that meets your needs and your budget. In addition, you may pay less to store your data in the cloud than to store it yourself in a hard drive solution. The reason? In the hard drive solution, you have to pay for things like software updates and maintenance. These tasks become the responsibility of your cloud backup provider so you do not take on those costs.
Of course, the ability to quickly avoid costly downtime and restore your data in the event of an accident or disaster is the greatest money-saving feature of all. Even one incident can make your cloud backup system more than pay for itself.
Here at TARC, we offer the highest-quality cloud backup and disaster recovery services, in addition to other services, like managed IT services. We can help you to find a solution that fits your needs and your budget. As a result, we can keep your data secure in the event of almost any type of data loss. Keeping your data secure, affordably, can provide you with great peace of mind and the ability to recover quickly even in the event of a catastrophe.