Anyone that has been using computers for any length of time understands that it is only a matter of time before you loose something. The causes for data loss range from accidental deletion, server failures or even viruses. You never know what the cause will be, but there is one thing that you can count in and that is that it will happen. The question becomes, how long are you willing to wait until you can get your data back.
If you are like most businesses you rely on your computer systems to be available at all times. An outage of any kind will have a serious impact to your business and your bottom line. Without a tried and tested backup solution you can loose more than just your data.
A recent survey conducted by a major backup software vendor showed that while almost 90% of business owners understood the importance of data backup, less than 23% of small to medium businesses actually perform regular backups. Many of the reasons revolve around the fact that managing your backup can be time consuming, complex and in many instances very expensive.
This is where the pds2k.com Cloub Backup solution comes in. There is no need to throw away thousands of dollars on a tape drive that you will have to replace every time your organization out grows it capacity. No need to spend hundreds of dollars every year on tapes that, in the best of conditions, are unreliable.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a cloud based backup solution:
- Protect your data: Your data is one of your organizations most important assets. The data is collected, compressed, encrypted and stored at a remote site. The data is not decrypted until it is restored to one of your servers so the integrity of your security is maintained.
- Consistent Automated Backups: Backup systems must be monitored, there is no way around that. Using a managed system that provides automated reporting can allow you to focus on running your business and not running your backups.
- Automatic Off-Site Protection: The traditional practice of taking a backup off-site is a good one, however, it either requires you to assign someone the responsibility to take a tape off-site every day or hire a company to come by and pick up the tapes. Using the cloud backup solution removes the need for you to physically transport anything. The backup is transported off-site as a natural course of action. It also means that since there is no physical media, then there is no media to fail, further increasing the reliability of the backup system.
- Protect Remote Sites & Branch Offices: Many remote and branch offices have limited or no backup in place, or no way to monitor backups to make sure they are occurring. By using an online backup service, remote offices are protected by regular and automated backups even if they lack local technical staff. Larger organizations wishing to protect remote workers or smaller satellite offices can back up to the cloud while still using traditional software at the main office.
- Fast Backups: With the backups happening at regular automatic intervals after the initial backup, the service runs in the background, backing up only the changed items. This allows for more frequent backups than just once a day, in many cases not taxing any existing network connections!
- Helps to keep data available: Online backup preserves data for small businesses with aging computers or data stored on hard drives that are not backed up regularly. Data center redundancy plans help keep information and applications available.
- Reduces costs and allows access to advanced systems: With a subscription-based model, the cost of building and maintaining the infrastructure to support the backup application is spread across numerous customers, allowing the service provider to offer a sophisticated service at a lower cost than would otherwise be possible.
- Increases business focus: A common complaint from IT managers is that they have little time to think about the growth of their network. Business owners are focused on so many other issues they do not have time to see how they can further leverage technology to boost profits, revenue, and productivity. When companies no longer have to worry about data recovery, they’re free to focus on the core business. With fewer servers to manage and fewer client computers failing, there’s time to build competitive strategies that allow the company to grow.
Online backup allows a company to leave data protection to our experts. Optimized to work over limited bandwidth connections between corporate locations and the vendor’s data center, online backup is ideal for companies with one or many servers per site. There are even options to backup a few or even several dozen PCs, and for smaller remote offices and mobile workers.
You should consider online backup if at least two of the following applies to your business:
- Small or overtaxed IT staff: In companies where IT is overtaxed, or there is no onsite IT staff.
- Smaller data sets: When network bandwidth is a consideration and data sets are large.
- No hardware for backup or an aging solution: Businesses who have no plans to invest or upgrade hardware, and no desire to own or manage it.
- A preference for Software as a Service (SaaS): More and more companies have adopted SaaS elsewhere in their business and prefer the benefits (agility, low initial price, pay-as-you-grow) over in-house solutions.
- A growing number of remote offices and mobile workers: Online backup helps to relieve remote offices of backup duties so they can focus on business operations.
Cloud-based backup offers important benefits for small businesses. With the promise of significant cost savings, flexible options, and a workforce that is free to focus on their company’s core goals, businesses are starting to move their backup operations to the cloud. pds2k.com’s cloud backup solution provides essential disaster recovery and backup protection in the cloud. With pds2k.com, you can rest assured knowing your data is being backed up automatically and continuously without disruption to your business.