When you think about your business, what do you picture in your head? Many business owners do not picture their data in a physical format that can be backed up and archived. They often picture an expensive, Time-consuming backup program, with a server, network, and data rack to store their data.
Some even envision having to purchase a data storage system from a provider. But, most cloud computing providers can provide your business with a variety of different backup and archive applications. Backing up and archiving solutions are available for the small business owner as well as the larger company. What are some of the considerations you need to make when choosing an endpoint backup and archive solution?
Time and Cost:
Backup and archive software can be very cost-effective if used properly. If your archived data is only needed periodically, such as for software upgrades or when routine backups are conducted, it is best to choose an online-based backup and archive solution. On the other hand, if your business needs to store its archived data regularly, and if it needs to archive data from remote locations, then an in-house solution would be more economical. Similarly, if you are seeking a cost-efficient solution that will archive and backup files on-demand, then cloud computing may be the ideal solution.
You have to consider what type of security measures are adequate for your business files, especially if they are located remotely or are being backed up and archived by the server. For example, is your data protected if those files are stored on a remote server? Is the physical security of your archived files adequately high enough to withstand an attack on your archived files? Are you sure that the cloud service provider you are using has sufficient physical security measures? Cloud services usually provide excellent security, but they do not always offer backup and archive functionality, so make sure that you check this before using any cloud service to back up and archive your business files.
You have to choose between file and backup and archive options according to how easy it is for you to restore the backed-up data. Backup and archive systems allow you to perform restores easily. Some backup programs allow you to create a restore point and then restore data from that point. However, if you want to restore the data from remote locations, you have to install your backup and archive software from remote locations, so you need to select a solution that enables you to easily perform restores from remote locations.
One important factor that most businesses overlook is performance. Many businesses choose to backup and archive their data using on-premises data centers. There are many advantages to running backup software within the confines of an on-premises data center environment.
The advantages to using cloud data storage services over traditional on-premise archive storage services are: faster execution, simplified backup procedures, additional security features, no additional cost, easy accessibility of data, and easy access to critical business data.