After the recent Hurricane Sandy, I started to play out the scenario if we would be able to continue “business as usual” in the event of a super storm or major power outage. I’m happy to say that we would be OK, primarily due to proactive planning, risk assessments, disaster drills and our cloud based back-up. But not every business is that prepared. Forrester recently reported that nearly 40% of small and mid-sized businesses plan to employ a cloud based backup within the next two years. While it’s great to hear they are preparing to go to the cloud- what are they using today?
In business today, data is king. Access to records, files, data and reports are the backbone of almost every business. Over the next decade, the amount of data will be 44 times bigger than it was in just 2009 (IDC 2010 Digital Universe Study). And while we depend more and more on our data, data loss can literally shut you down. A study by the Ponemon Institute showed that 84% of respondents expressed increased concern or anxiety due to the loss of data. It seems unnecessary for businesses today to worry when a solution is available – Cloud Based DataVaulting.
In Cloud Based DataVaulting, you eliminate the conventional notions of changing out tape that were associated with data vaulting of the past. Cloud Based DataVaulting is designed to offer backup efficiencies unavailable with traditional backup architecture by allowing you to store less data — reducing the amount of backup assets you buy, manage and maintain. This holistic data management solution encompasses traditional and innovative technologies in a single common platform, protecting everything from laptops to data centers. By utilizing the cloud for your backup, you eliminate the need to install, manage and upgrade multiple point solutions to ensure your data is protected and easy to recover.
Besides peace of mind, the advantages of cloud based data vaulting are plentiful. It’s completely scalable, so as your backup needs grow, you don’t have to implement new solutions or buy equipment, you’ll find improved reliability and speed of recovery, reduced costs, higher security and encryption, more efficient use of IT resources, stronger compliance safeguards and your data is available- regardless of your location.
Before you make the switch to a cloud based back-up solution, there are some important questions to ask: How often is the data backed up? Is the data compressed before transmission to help reduce bandwidth expenses? Is the back-up done efficiently? This efficiency means that you are only continually backing up new and changed documents.
I only hope more companies realize the benefits, especially in a time of a major weather event or disaster, of cloud based solutions. The 84% who are worrying could breathe a little easier.