Disaster recovery (DR) should be second nature to any business. Ensuring data is secure and recoverable should a crisis occur should be as natural as breathing, regardless of the size or industry of the company. According to Express Computer, the cloud gives businesses a new lease on their data backup plans and helps simplify and improve those strategies, whether it’s a small business, large corporation, or simply an IT department looking at new security options. By switching to the cloud, businesses can reduce costs, be more flexible, and know that their data is stored in a secure and reliable way.
For small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the cloud offers a low cost, pay-as-you-go storage option for data backup that may be the only way these companies can achieve a business continuity strategy. Many small businesses do not employ IT specialists or have the office space to run on-site backup servers. The cloud allows these businesses to “outsource” their backup and recovery solutions without losing sight of the security and organization of their data.
Large corporations, on the other hand, generally have highly trained and qualified IT professionals and servers to store their data. However, they also often have numerous offices across the country or even spread around the globe. In order to consolidate the data created in these various locations and ensure that a disaster in one area won’t affect the workflow of the other offices, online storage and backup keeps data centralized for every office, with flexible access. As a side benefit, this also provides teleworking opportunities for employees, letting them access data from home rather than being restricted to the office setting.
Ultimately the most important aspect of data storage, backup, and recovery is the security of that data. Ensuring that it is not only safe from system crashes but also from unauthorized access is one of the main focuses of any IT team, and the cloud provides a unique opportunity to keep security high while still keeping data flexible.
For most businesses, the cloud will give them the peace of mind that their data will be safe no matter what happens at the office, while keeping it accessible and easy to update or recover as well.