Hands down, Cloud backup is hastily becoming the go-to method for organizations to back up data. It is significantly more efficient & effective when compared to other options.
There has been an improvement in data backup and recovery methods over the past few years. However, these methods are not yet at a level where you can say you no longer need a reliable backup solution.
For most companies, direct-to-cloud data protection and management service is the easiest and least expensive way to backup data to a central location. Doing this, the companies get a variety of data management services like data analysis, supporting dev & test, legal hold & E-discovery, etc.
According to recent Gartner research, by 2019, 30 percent of midsize organizations will leverage their public cloud IaaS for backup – up from just 5 percent today. This same Gartner research also concluded that by 2020, 30 percent of organizations would leverage backup for more than just operational recovery; for example, for DR, testing/development, DevOps, and so on.
However, Zmanda goes against the traditional methods of data center backup and recovery, so the next question is, “Why should I move to cloud?”
Indeed, many think that backing up to the Cloud is not possible or financially feasible. This blog post will look into the reasons why Cloud could be the best place to protect your data.
Why Use Cloud Backup When my Data is Already in the Cloud?
Cloud-based applications are already a priority for many businesses, as data loss is not that probable to happen. Indeed, there is always a risk of data loss in several situations:
- Accidental or unintentional deletion of data by users
- Third-party or hackers install malicious apps on your domain
- Theft or loss
- Ransomware encrypts your data and then demands a ransom payment.
Advantages of Cloud Backup Services
Cloud-based backup systems do a lot of hard work when it comes to arranging and maintaining a backup.
Eliminates the Risk of Human Error
Human error is minimal when it comes to cloud-based backup. However, in case of a tape-based backup, for instance, an employee responsible for changing the tape goes on a vacation without delegating the task to someone. What happens next is predictable. For example: Imagine the backup goes into two tapes, but the client does not realize. The first tape pops out once it is full, and the client thinks it is finished—but oops! It is asking for a second tape, so the backup doesn’t get completed.
It can also happen when a junior employee keeps swapping blank tapes in and out each night; they don’t get a failed notification, but they fail to realize that this is because the backup service has failed. With a cloud-based backup, you can avoid such situations.
With enterprise cloud backup, you do not need to rely on any single server or computer. A vast network of server centers are located around the globe. Even if an entire facility fails—which is extremely unlikely to happen in the first place—another part of the network will have it covered.
Speed of Restoring Data
Restoring data in other cases might take months, years, or decades, but with Cloud-based backup, you can restore your data, quickly and smoothly (in few hours). Cloud storage is faster doesn’t require physical transport from the off-site location, tape handling, or seek time. Data that needs to be restored are located and streamed over the WAN connection, which saves time and eliminates the need for a local tape infrastructure.
According to Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions by 2020, 30 percent of organizations will have replaced traditional backup applications with storage or HCIS-native functions for the majority backup workloads, up from 15 percent today.
Managing cloud backup through a service provider is easy. No need to worry about a physical location or storage capacity of your data as the provider will manage your data remotely. Additionally, moving backups to the cloud protects your data from risks of ransomware attacks.
Compared with the expenditure required to buy, set up, and maintain your backup infrastructure, cloud-based backup represents excellent value.
There are Fewer Downsides as Time Goes by:
Cloud data backup is reliant on your internet connection. Poor internet connection will not just your employees and business, but it will affect the efficacy of the backup service.
Cloud security is better when compared to other in-house infrastructure. However, ensure that the backup service you choose has the level of security that your business needs.
3. Reliance on External Support
Support is shared with customers, so you must be aware of response times and are comfortable with them.
Ultimately, cloud storage is about having your files accessible in any situation or what device you use. Magnetic tapes can be encrypted and do keep your files safe for 30 years without any deterioration, whereas hard drives of servers can fail in five years too. But loading and reading data from them is a complicated process. They are a viable option when compared to external hard drives, which also tend to fail in roughly five years.
Backup can be just one more thing on your to-do list, but take a minute to think about the consequences of just a single data loss event. At the very least, it will be highly inconvenient, and it will cost you money too. In the worst-case scenario, it could even cost you your business. Using a cloud-based system will take a lot of the pain out of organizing a backup.