According to a recent study data protection continues to be a challenge for small to medium sized businesses. The study found that 60 percent of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) prefer to back up their company’s data using direct-attached storage, with the majority of businesses (56 percent) having no plans to migrate to cloud backup. However, data is considered by many to be a company’s most valuable asset. In fact, 45 percent of respondents said their organization had experienced data loss and 14 percent were never able to restore their lost business information. According to FEMA, more than 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors after a disaster.
Here are some of the biggest advantages of cloud backup:
Small businesses don’t have unlimited IT budgets. It’s important to use a solution that makes sense and won’t require a large investment in hardware.
It’s important to keep a copy of files offsite. Even if files are backed up locally (which we still recommend), a hurricane, flood, fire, or theft could destroy the server and the backups. Keeping backups in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what happens at your office.
Cloud backup solutions have made management and restoring easy. With very little effort, backed up files can be easily restored.
Time is one of the most commonly stated reasons companies aren’t backing up their data. A Cloud based backup doesn’t require an additional time commitment for you, Any data files that were changed during the day are backed up to the cloud automatically each night. This makes forgetting to switch tapes or backup drives daily less of a concern. Though, we do recommend you continue to try to do so!
The cloud has changed data backup. Because of its affordable price point, SMBs are able to get an offsite solution that automatically backs up all of their data. The solution is simple. Call us for more information and pricing for a cloud backup solution suitable for your business.