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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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  • Thanks, Casey. This was a really interesting take on the NSA's new local data center. Despite the privacy concerns, I'm excited to see what this means for the state. Silicon Slopes is definitely filling up with some great names!

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  • Casey, congratulations on this blog post -- I could not agree more. I am the editor of the Varnex Insider magazine, and would like to talk with you about the possibility of publishing this blog in our next issue (with full credit to you and StorageCraft, of course). Please email me at the address I provided so we can talk about this. Thanks very much. -- John

  • Great post, thanks Casey Morgan for writing such an informative post. Every body knows the importance of backup but no one takes care of it. Thanks fro reminding and guiding for backups.

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  • I've been using VMware since the late 1990's. VMware has the monolithic hypervisor in it's server class products (as you described), plus an approach similar to Microsoft's in it's workstation class product known as VMware Workstation. I've been using VMware Workstation installed on top of Microsoft Server OSs for several reasons. All my production-level servers are running as Guests on such a platform. Cost savings include availability of commodity priced utilities for backup, anti-malware and such...

    In my experience, since 1981 in the software and server-room domains, Microsoft's periodic and frequent changes to its entire architecture has forced me to re-install, re-code, re-invest time and money, just to stay current and operational. I'll stick with VMware for my virtualization platforms, as it has required less maintenance, cost and re-work.

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