22 Jan How Businesses Can Benefit From Cloud Storage
While large companies have long relied on offsite data storage as part of their disaster recover plan, this backup strategy was not as commonly used among small businesses because of the complexity and the expense involved. But thanks to the availability of cloud storage services, being able to store multiple copies of data in servers across various geographical locations can now be done by both big and small organizations.
Key benefits of cloud storage
So what advantages does the cloud offer that you can’t find with physical storage? I’ve listed three key benefits to storing data in the cloud.
Ensures business continuity. If your business can stand to lose critical data for a day or two while you scramble to retrieve backup data from tapes stored off site, then you’re one of the few lucky ones. Even a couple of hours data inaccessibility is plenty for most companies. But with a cloud backup, you can recover lost data quickly and from any access point in the event of a site disaster.
Adapts a pay-as-you-go model. File servers and storage networks may guarantee high capacity and performance, but these devices also cost a lot and therefore not a viable option for SMEs. This is why the cloud’s pay-as-you-go model for storage services is a perfect fit for businesses looking to maximize their resources. And these days, which company isn’t? For some, building their own cloud is also a viable option.
Allows scalability and fast deployment. Storage needs can escalate quickly and companies often resort to over-provisioning to ensure immediate availability of storage space when it is required. Because you can deploy additional storage quickly, cloud-based data backup significantly reduces or even eliminates the need for over-provisioning.
The question of security
For all its benefits however, cloud backup is far from being a perfect solution and one major concern is that of security. After all, in light of the various government regulations that companies have to comply to, this is one issue that business owners and CEOs would be hard-pressed to ignore.
So is the cloud really that insecure? Or is this perception perhaps merely an offshoot of the apprehension over losing close control over data? Of course, this isn’t to say that organizations shouldn’t look very closely at the security capabilities of their chosen cloud service provider. Go over those SLAs with a fine tooth comb if you must, and make sure that your cloud partner’s security standards match those of your own.
But then again, let’s not forget that data protection is as much the responsibility of the company as it is the service provider’s. It’s worth noting that lapses in data security are all too often caused by people from within the organization itself, whether intentionally or inadvertently. Therefore whatever security measures implemented for data handled on site should be applied to data stored in the cloud as well.