The digital age, also called the information age, started in the 1970s with the introduction of the personal computer succeeded by the development of technology enabling the transfer and storage of information digitally. One such development is cloud storage and backups as a model of computer data storage in which digital data is stored in logical pools. The physical storage spans multiple servers (sometimes in multiple locations), and the physical environment is typically owned and managed by a hosting company. However, digital data, distributed and stored on the Internet, is more susceptible to theft and loss. Often such information losses are devastating to companies to the extent that they can never recover. Consequently, organisations are realising the significance of keeping their mission-critical data backed up and saved at all times. When it comes to continuity and disaster recovery planning, cloud-based data backups are considered to be the most effective and cost-efficient solutions. The following paragraphs describe the essential reasons why cloud-based backup solutions are important for your business.
Reliability and data protection
In contrast to conventional onsite data backup, data backed up and stored in the cloud at remote locations, ensures its protection from different types of disasters like floods, fire and theft. Therefore, in case of such events, you can be assured of protection of your data. Cloud backup technology services require no hard drives, backup schedules, and complicated software which makes it very easy to get started. Backup software enables continuous data protection in the background and removes the pressure of fixed schedules for backups. The software scans the operating system for changes and backs up what is necessary and this makes subsequent backups faster because only the changed portions of a file will be uploaded.
Most advanced technology
With an increasingly competitive market, cloud service providers keep abreast of the latest developments and technological advancements. As a result, cloud-based data backup solutions are based on the most advanced technologies including data mirroring, and file syncing and versioning methods not used in traditional onsite data backup solutions.
Increased data security
The ideal cloud backup solution should support data encryption since encryption should take place before data is sent to the cloud. This is sometimes referred to as end-to-end encryption or local encryption. Thus, data is encrypted for transfer from one end to another which ensures increased data security. If data is copied to multiple locations, the encryption process will reduce its likelihood to be compromised. Your business may also fall under certain legislation that prohibits uploading files to a third-party, if their servers are outside of the operating country. The advantage of encryption lies in a user defined key, which cannot be tampered with or accessed by the backup company. Therefore, providers cannot read files uploaded to their servers, even if forced by the government or other agencies. Backup solutions should have additional security measures to ensure authenticated, authorised, and monitored access to your data to circumvent ransomware attacks.