Don’t wait until you experience a disaster to prepare

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Natural disasters can strike at any time, damaging a company’s office and potentially destroying data that may be lost for good. Firms that have yet to experience a major disruption should not rely on this good fortune continuing to neglect the importance of a thorough disaster recovery plan.

Organizations that insist on using on-site data backups like hard drives, tapes and disks may experience even longer periods of downtime if these devices are lost or destroyed during floods, fires, hurricanes, tornadoes or earthquakes.

Firms that want to get ready for future disasters without spending money to transport backups and forcing employees to conduct manual backup procedures can adopt innovative technologies such as cloud backup. Cloud computing is effectively changing the way organizations operate, allowing them to replace aging IT systems in favor of more agile environments. The cloud allows businesses to migrate mission-critical data to an off-site location, keeping corporate assets safe and accessible during disruptions. This is possible because the cloud is available through the Internet.

Some firms still resisting cloud backup
Despite the cloud’s ability to help companies prepare for disasters, some are still hesitant to adopt hosted environments. According to Nathaniel Borenstein, chief scientist at Mimecast, off-site data backups have failed to gain more traction because some firms are so used to maintaining everything themselves, InfoStor reported.

“Most cloud backup systems are designed so that your backups are entirely in the hands of a third party, off site, and that feels like a loss of control to many customers,” Borenstein said, InfoStor reported.

Some executives may think that because cloud computing is located off-site that the solution is not protected. However, the technology is maintained by service providers, allowing users to free up internal resources to focus on other important areas of their operations. In terms of data protection, information that is not easily obtainable is safer than resources located at a business’s office, which can be stolen, misplaced or destroyed more easily compared to cloud deployments.

There are so many ways in which firms can experience downtime, halting employee productivity and revenue opportunities and negatively impacting client and customer relationships. Rather than risk succumbing to these shortfalls, businesses should embrace the power of cloud backup – it may be the difference between keeping organizations operating or closing their doors.

Learn more about cloud backup with StorageCraft Cloud Services here.

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