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Getting Remote Backup Companywide Can Be a Cloud-Based Tool Away

July 29, 2016

Having a remote backup system in place is kind of like making a case for buying more insurance. Most of the time it will never be used, but if it ever has to be, will it ever be a welcome sight. Some, however, have advanced past the point of whether or not to add it and are focusing on the execution. For those a bit stuck on the how, however, there's one point that should be considered: a cloud-based remote backup system.

Cloud-based systems offer a terrific value over local counterparts; the most obvious of which is that the upfront costs of all the tape or disk storage required to operate the backup is gone, and instead, replaced with a subscription fee. A predictable monthly bill can be much preferred against a big capital expense (capex) payout. Plus, if there's a power outage or a flood or a tornado that took out the main system, having the backup several miles away can help ensure the files' survival.

The how of the matter starts by considering needs. What exactly needs to be backed up? Is it just files, or applications? The more backup that's needed, the larger-scale the backup operation will have to be to accompany it. How many sites need access to the backup, just one or several? That takes different infrastructure depending on the case. How long should it take to get back up and running? If it can take more time, it requires less infrastructure, and vice versa.

Once the needs are determined, start shopping around. Several cloud backup vendors can be found, so look for the one that best meets needs and offers the best price, in much the same way that any other vendor would be sourced.

With all that in place, the backup should be ready to go, and the business will now have a layer of protection against several major issues. From power outages that might have otherwise crippled work—this is one big reason to have telecommuting policies in place if not there already—to a ransomware attack or any of a host of other kinds of malware or outside attack, cloud-based backup systems offer a layer of protection to ensure a business' continued operations even in the worst conditions. Sometimes regulation matters require backup, and a mobile workforce requires it. A cloud-based system can work in both directions, not only allowing remote workers to back up files, but also allowing local workers to take advantage of backup systems to go remote if a power outage or similar disaster requires, ensuring at least some work gets done even in the worst cases.

Any backup is better than no backup, and cloud-based backup offers a great value that can be put in place comparatively simply. That's a great development for users, and even better if something should actually happen to require a backup's use.

Edited by Alicia Young

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