Most businesses have implemented the Cloud into their organisations, to help with storage, security and scalability, which is a great first step.
However, a lot of businesses will stop there. While Cloud offers great and reliable infrastructure, there needs to be some active participation to ensure longevity and adaptability in your systems. Businesses are forever changing; your systems are too.
Instead, many businesses stay stagnant in their IT systems and practices, which can lead to data storage, protection, and scalability flaws.
Cloud data backup should be a priority of an organisation’s Data Protection Strategy, as data loss can happen anytime. Some losses are due to malfunctions and natural disasters; others are from human error or something more sinister like data breaches.
The reality is, that it’s not a matter of if but when.
What is Cloud backup?
Cloud backup, also known as online backup or remote backup, is a strategy for sending a copy of a physical or virtual file or database to a secondary, offsite location for preservation in case of equipment failure or disaster. The secondary server and data storage systems are usually hosted by a third-party service provider. This data can be synchronised, saved and accessed anywhere at any time, making it a safe and practical strategy for your business and data.
Data backup is not just for large businesses; small and medium-sized businesses are encouraged to use Cloud backup to protect their data. Especially considering the recent cyber-attacks on Australian businesses, you can never be too careful.
Many businesses will have Cloud storage and systems and assume that this alone is enough. But don’t be fooled.
It’s important to note the difference between ‘Cloud storage’ and ‘Cloud backup’. These terms are often used interchangeably, but Cloud storage is created in addition to primary storage, whereas Cloud backup is about saving data and files to a secondary location.
The Pros of Cloud Backup and Why You Should be Doing it
- It’s cheaper to rely on Cloud backup
Typically with Cloud Backup, you pay a fee based on storage space or capacity used, data transmission bandwidth, number of users, number of servers or number of times data is accessed.. This is significantly cheaper than building and maintaining physical on-premise backup infrastructure, which can also take up workspace and leave the hardware vulnerable to physical damage.
- You can access it from anywhere at any time
Cloud backup can be accessed anywhere, which is great for remote workers and growing businesses looking to expand overseas or into other markets. Cloud systems allow you to access resources from any location and with any device. All your backup data is accessible at any time, making it easy to get back up and running if any breaches are detected or systems go down.
- It’s scalable and can grow with your company
As an organisation grows, so does the amount of data. Cloud systems use highly flexible platforms to help migrate and configure the technological ecosystem as you grow. While you scale, you can purchase extra data storage as you need. The alternative would be to take the time and resources to sort through your existing data, delete the files you think you don’t need and risk losing important history.
- Your systems are protected from ransomware
VITG Cloud Backup solutions are developed with your specific security requirements in mind to protect your business from data breaches. By storing your data off-site on a separate network, you can protect your business from certain types of cyber threats like ransomware. Even if you suffer a data breach onsite, you have access to your secure backups in the Cloud. On top of that, VITG offers monitoring, management, and reporting of its Cloud Backup solutions to ensure that your data is safe at all times.
Implementing Cloud backup is a simple process with VITG that can save you time, money, and headaches in the long run.
What are Some of the Best Practices for Cloud Backup?
Once you’ve implemented a Cloud backup solution, it’s important to maintain these practices to ensure your data is always protected.
- Understand all aspects of Cloud backup
It’s important that all staff and all divisions in the workplace understand all aspects of Cloud backup. Knowing how it works, how to access it and what it means for the business will help to encourage maintenance and learning.
- Backup regularly & never assume you’re safe
Regular maintenance and backup of your data can help you save time and money in the long run. Remember, it’s not a matter of if – but when. Never assume your business is safe from data loss or theft, as many of these issues are occur by basic human error.
Backing up your data regularly can protect yourself and your business from the devastating effects of data loss, which could lead to a negative impact on revenue, profits, trust and reputation.
Cloud systems should be designed with the outcome in mind. The goal is to be continuously flexible and agile when working alongside your business. Even once set up, you must remain diligent and always practice regular backups, good security posture and ongoing maintenance and training.
Note that backups are not a failsafe. If you’d like to take an extra step of security, you could consider encrypting your data or restricting unauthorised access. Security is multi-layered, and the avenues to protect your business are plenty.
Cloud is the future of storage and backup, and it can seem like a daunting process, as there are many things to consider. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, luckily VITG can help.
Our data storage and backups are held on a hosted infrastructure in Tier 1 data centres across the East Coast of Australia, so you can feel comfortable your Cloud systems are onshore. Services offered in our Cloud Environment include IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and DaaS (Desktop as a Service).
VITG are Cloud Experts
VITG is a national IT Managed Services Provider (MSP) that supports over 750 clients across various industries. We are a true and trusted partner advisor; we take the time to understand your business’s needs and will collaborate with you to reach your goals and objectives.
We are Cloud experts and specialise in guiding, implementing and managing your business cloud, so you can focus on business growth. We use strategic thinking and innovation management to help achieve the best results for your business.
We can help with Cloud backup and any other Cloud-based services you may require.
Get in touch with one of our Cloud experts today to see how we can help your business with Cloud and Cloud backup.