Cloud backup can keep SMBs’ data safe

Cloud backup can keep SMBs’ data safe

February 10

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), despite their size, are still producing a lot of information that must be protected during disasters and other disruptions. Although some companies may insist on keeping physical backups at their offices, these devices can be damaged or destroyed if a catastrophic incident occurs. With cloud backup, however, firms can migrate their most important files to hosted environments, keeping data out of harm’s way and accessible following such events.

A recent EzineMark.com report by Dagny Barber highlighted the benefits of cloud backup in keeping corporate information safe. Although some companies have shied away from adopting the cloud over security concerns, Barber indicated that cloud backup allows firms to retrieve their data quickly and also includes leading encryption services to protect the files.

Cloud backup is also ideal for companies that want a solution that includes a low cost of ownership. Barber explained that the cloud achieves this through its subscription-based pricing model and does not require an upfront capital investment.

The cloud may not be the oldest backup solution available, but it is perhaps the most effective at keeping organizations operating during disasters.

Small businesses an opportunity for VARs, MSPs
Up until this point, small businesses have not been at the forefront of using cloud backup like their larger counterparts. Some VARs and MSPs believe that if more companies adopt hosted environments, it may ultimately hurt their businesses, Business Solutions magazine reported. Instead of resisting change, these service providers can succeed by offering cloud backup to these organizations.

“There are still a lot of small businesses that don’t even know there are cloud solutions for their business,” Neal Bradbury, vice president of business development at an online backup vendor, told Business Solutions. “MSPs can make money by bundling cloud backup with their local backup solutions.”

David Hauser, channel programs director at an online backup vendor, told the source that small businesses with three to 100 staff members have not been major adopters of cloud-based solutions. As a result, third-party vendors can cater to these firms and expand their businesses.

Instead of waiting to adopt a disaster recovery solution after the next major incident, organizations should get ahead and consider implementing systems like cloud backup to ensure they are ready should the next disruption strike tomorrow.