Businesses planning to make the leap from on-site data backups to cloud computing will be happy to know that hosted environments offer firms a number of attractive benefits. A recent Business2Community report by Thomas Stone highlighted the advantages of cloud backup when it comes to disaster recovery.
Rather than paying for IT systems that require an upfront capital investment, companies that implement hosted environments can simply pay for whatever cloud services they actually consume. Stone explained that all equipment and software costs associated with cloud backup are handled by the vendors, keeping expenses low.
Organizations that have experienced significant downtime know that such situations are a major obstacle regarding productivity and revenue. Stone noted that downtime can cost firms anywhere from thousands of dollars to millions. Firms that select a cloud vendor that offers quick recovery can avoid future instances that will impact operational efficiency.
Companies that are content with their current on-site data backups may not realize that these devices are in danger of being damaged or destroyed during on-premise disasters. Rather than rely on these options, businesses can embrace the cloud, which is located off-site to protect mission-critical data at all times.
Natural disasters can strike at any time
Firms undoubtedly must be ready for all types of disasters, including hurricanes, fires, tornadoes and earthquakes, among others. Floods may not appear to be as dangerous as these other incidents on the surface, but they can force businesses to close their doors for good. Chad Kissinger, founder of a data protection vendor, recently explained that floods cannot be overlooked and encouraged companies to avoid relying too heavily on on-site backups.
“The reality is that floods are one of the most common, and most costly, natural disasters,” Kissinger said. “From snow melt to heavy rain, flooding can pose a real and dangerous threat to a business. And, it is best practice for businesses to establish effective IT partners in remote locations, to ensure the continuity of online operations. Too often we see businesses react as a result of being affected by a natural disaster.”
The beauty of cloud computing is that businesses no longer have to worry about transporting backup tapes between locations, since data is hosted off-site. This means that employees do not have to scramble to restore important information following a disruption, because they can access work-related documents through the internet.