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Cloud Data Backup

July 18, 2017

Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server. Implementing cloud data backup can help bolster an organization's data protection strategy without increasing the workload on information technology staff.

Lost files and system failures can paralyze a project. That's why having a contingency plan is crucial. Cloud Backup safeguards your business by helping to protect the important files your website or application needs. Quickly get back to normal operations by rapidly restoring files after a system failure or file loss.

Online backup systems are typically built around a client software application that runs on a schedule determined by the purchased level of service. If the customer has contracted for daily backups, for instance, the application collects, compresses, encrypts and transfers data to the service provider's servers every 24 hours. To reduce the amount of bandwidth consumed and the time it takes to transfer files, the service provider might only provide incremental backups after the initial full backup. While initially used mainly by consumers and home offices, online backup is now used by small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and larger enterprises to back up some forms of data. For larger companies, cloud data backup may serve as a supplementary form of backup.

Cloud backups often include the software and hardware necessary to protect an organization's data, including applications for Exchange and SQL Server.

With a proper retention policy, cloud backups can reduce or even replace the need for off-site tape storage, so organizations are making the switch from disk-to-disk-to-tape strategies to disk-to-disk-to-cloud. Recalling large quantities of data from the cloud can be time-consuming, but so is reading a large number of tapes to find and retrieve data.

Flexibility is another benefit of the cloud because no additional hardware is needed.

Third-party cloud backup has gained popularity with SMBs and home users because of its convenience. In terms of return on investment (ROI), it is important for an organization to consider the long-term costs of backing up to the cloud. A five-year projection is recommended to properly estimate future expenses and decide whether using the cloud will help the organization break even after initial costs. After these costs are offset, ROI on cloud-based backups can be determined.

Pricing models vary by vendor, but it's important to be on the lookout for hidden costs. While most products for backing up to the cloud are sold using a price-per-gigabyte-per-month payment model, providers can also use a sliding scale model, set usage minimums and add transaction costs.


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