The evolution of cloud backup

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There are many ways businesses can use cloud computing to their advantage, especially when it comes to keeping mission-critical data safe and accessible through cloud backup deployments. InformationWeek’s George Crump recently highlighted the advantages of hosted environments when it comes to disaster recovery and backing up information.

Crump indicated that online storage was one of the first uses of cloud backup, helping firms back up their computers. Now, the technology is geared more toward keeping physical and virtual servers safe from potential mishaps. Also, the fact that corporate information is often dispersed at multiple service provider facilities means files are safer from regional disasters, he added.

Cloud computing can also be used as a secondary recovery method. Crump explained that this is especially ideal for small and medium-sized businesses that lack vast staffing and other large-scale resources, because hosted environments and the recovery process are managed by vendors.

Crump concluded that medium-sized businesses should strongly consider moving mission-critical data to cloud environments not only for storage, but for recovery needs as well.

Free up your business with cloud backup
Small businesses that lack the spending capabilities of larger firms may be struggling to operate, given current economic conditions. However, cloud computing is an affordable technology that allows companies to avoid expensive upfront costs in favor of subscription or pay-per-use service models. In an interview with TechTarget, Forrester Research Senior Analyst Rachel Dines explained that the cloud also helps firms save time recovering from disasters.

“The other thing is, in a cloud backup world, usually you have a provider that’s actually managing the process of running the backups, scheduling the backups, making sure that everything is completing properly, error checking, things like that,” Dines told TechTarget. “So a lot of the burden of the day-to-day task of managing the backups in the cloud world is offset from an end user.”

Businesses are producing more data than ever, straining corporate storage in the process. While dealing with ever-expanding information creation, companies must also protect these files from potential disasters. Few solutions can help firms address both issues like cloud computing can. Organizations that have avoided implementing hosted environments to this point should consider the advantages of moving mission-critical applications to the cloud to keep valuable assets safe and accessible.

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