Protecting your company’s data against threats like ransomware, phishing scams, and the latest cyber-attacks should be at the forefront of your IT strategy. However, what’s the best way to keep your files safe? There are plenty of preventative measures you can take to avoid the costly risk of downtime. Arguably the most important one is backing up and being able to recover those backups quickly and efficiently. That’s where cloud storage comes in.

One of the safest places to store your replicated data is, surprisingly to many, in the cloud. There are still people who are reluctant to put any of their content in cloud storage because they believe it to be an easy target for hackers. This mindset may exist because it seems like using the cloud means taking data security out of one’s own hands (or one’s hard drive) and surrendering it to outside powers of the cloud. However, it is this reason, among others, that make the cloud the safest and most beneficial technology for storing your business data.

  1. Files are out of your employees’ hands directly and moved offsite. To be precise, moved to the guard of professionals in offsite warehouses. This should bring peace of mind to you concerning the security of your data. If you store your data on hard drives or only in physical machines, there is a high likelihood your files will be compromised. Hacking the cloud is incredibly difficult since everything on it is encrypted. Malware and other viruses can attack your hardware, leaving your machine exposed to cybercriminals.
  2. Cloud services generally store at least three copies of all the data you’ve saved. All these replications will be kept in different places. Therefore, to lose these files, all three copies would need to be deleted at the same time to be irretrievable.
  3. You and you alone have access to your data in the cloud unless you’ve given your password over to someone.
  4. As a bonus, once you begin to use cloud storage, you’ll notice how much more cost-effective it is. There is no more need to purchase more external hard drives or USBs and simplifies the whole storage process. Instead of maintaining multiple storage devices, everything is in one place and can be easily accessed if disaster strikes on your systems.

StorageCraft is a big fan of the cloud. In fact, we use our cloud to keep your backups safe by offering you the option to replicate your ShadowProtect backup images. Keep these on our disaster-recovery cloud for online data recovery and leverage other tools you need to ensure your business stays running no matter what happens.

Contact us today to learn more about the StorageCraft Recovery Solution or request a demo.

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  • you missed so many important factors. just don't bother writing an article like this if you don't provide all the information, its far too dumbed down. you have probably lead astray some poor network/system admin who will choose to back up to disk and sacrifice his companies data retention for cost. you don't know the cost of the average company to lose recoverable data.

    • Hi Daniel,

      Thank you for your comments. Yep, there is so much to talk about with this topic. What information would you like to see in more detail? We're always looking to talk about the tech that interests our readers as well as what interests us.


  • This appears to no longer work on their 6.1 and 6.1.1 versions. I tried FAT32 and NTFS partitions as well.

    It appears they switched to some sort of linux boot to do this.

  • The price of a microlized hypervisor is in case of Hyper-V, that it is to large to get fully loaded into the RAM. This could have backdraws if you lost the contact to the boot volume. I found an impressive demonstration about this topic @Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8ZF0ez0iH0
    In case of this, it seems VMware has still the better product.

  • Well done to Guy & Casey it's an excellent eBook, well worth reading and well worth keeping a copy close to hand!

    • Hi John,

      I'm glad you asked! I believe your company is in New Zealand, is that correct? You'll probably want to contact our sales team in Australia at sales[at]storagecraft.com.au or call +61 2 8061 4444. If you are interested in signing up in the United States or Canada, you can either submit an inquiry here: http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow-protect-msp.php or contact our sales team directly at 801.545.4700 or via email at sales[at]storagecraft.com.

  • This is good news that Shadowprotect will be supporting Linux OS. What if we use the current iso to take backup of linux OS, can it work for backup and restore? Let me know.

    • Hello Vinod,

      Yes, we believe this is great news that StorageCraft will be releasing a CrossPlatform version of ShadowProtect which supports both the Windows and Linux platforms. We're very excited about this news.

      The current release of the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment - CrossPlatform is a positive step towards supporting the Linux OS. Currently this CrossPlatform Recovery Environment is intended only for backing up and recovering Windows OS systems (including Windows 8 and Server 2012). Another release will have the complete tools for backing up and recovering both Linux and Windows systems. I can tell you that this later release will be out before the end of the year. Until then, thank you for your kind comments and we we're looking forward to providing you with more information about this exciting update in the near future. Check back with us again soon.

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