SMBs should realize the benefits of cloud backup

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Fires, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes are just some of the natural disasters that can cause businesses to close down for extended periods of time. Firms leveraging cloud backup, however, can get back on track more effectively than organizations relying on on-site backups, which can be damaged or destroyed during such incidents. The cloud is located off-site, far from potential disruptions.

Despite the benefits of cloud computing for disaster recovery, many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are still using outdated methods like tape to protect mission-critical data. A survey conducted by Icomm Technologies found that 73 percent of SMBs still use tapes, while 90 percent of these respondents have never run a backup test for these devices. Another 26 percent have experienced over-capacity issues, meaning that not all of their data was protected, Bdaily reported.

“The words ‘disaster recovery’ usually conjure up images of fire, theft and terrorism but a simple server failure is much more likely and can be just as disruptive,” Icomm’s Ian Callens said, according to Bdaily. “Some research even shows that as many as 93 percent of businesses that suffer a major data loss will go bankrupt within a year.”

Rather than be another statistic, organizations can implement hosted environments to keep critical data safe and accessible during disasters. A small investment in the cloud may pay off greatly in the long run if it keeps companies in business.

More SMBs expected to adopt cloud backup
Although Icomm found that a majority of SMBs are still using tape for their backups, some industry professionals believe that cloud computing will become a more popular option in 2013. In an interview with Industry Perspective, Bill Hobbib, vice president of marketing at a backup vendor, said he expects more SMBs to turn to cloud providers for their end-to-end backup requirements.

In addition to SMBs leveraging the cloud more this year, Hobbib noted that mid-market businesses and enterprises will also adopt hosted environments for disaster recovery.

SMBs without deep pockets can still take advantage of affordable technologies like cloud computing. Rather than pay for on-site systems that require an upfront capital investment, leaders can purchase the cloud on a monthly basis to keep costs in check. Firms that require more or less computing power based on current demand can scale hosted environments to reflect such changes. In the end, clients only pay for the services they actually use.

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