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Posted on: 07 Aug 2014 

Posted By: IT Wiser

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using Cloud Online Backup


Data protection is one of the biggest challenges faced by small to medium sized businesses (SMBs). A study published by IT community Spiceworks revealed that 60% of SMBs continue to rely on direct-attached storage to backup essential data, and the majority of businesses (56%) say they have no current plans to embrace cloud online backup. Data, however, is considered the most valuable asset to companies – proven by the fact that 72% of businesses suffering major data loss shut down within 24 months.

When the future of your business is on the line, it is critical that every effort is made to mitigate data loss. Cloud online backup is one of the few ways to ensure your data is protected against every eventuality, so here are five reasons why your organisation needs it.

1. Protection Against Data Loss

Every business needs a disaster recovery plan. Data loss can occur in a number of ways. According to financial documents provider Imprima, malware (35%), email attacks (21%), and phishing scams (17%) are the biggest causes of external data loss. On top of this, there are numerous cases of human error, hardware failure, fire, theft, and natural disaster that can easily bring a company to its knees.

Cloud online backup ensures all of your data is stored online in global datacentres, accessible in an instant, but without any of the dangers associated with direct-attached storage. 

2. Safeguarding Against Ransomware

If you were a regular reader of this blog, or the news in general, you would have heard all about ransomware. A type of malware designed to block access to a computer until a sum of money is paid, ransomware programmes such as CryptoLocker have fleeced hundreds of thousands of pounds in Bitcoin currency from business owners in the last year. With ransomware operating on a ‘pay up or lose your data’ basis, cloud online backup is a vital tool to have, allowing up-to-date files to be kept online, which can be accessed without having to bow to a hacker’s demands.  

3. Cost Efficiency

Using the cloud is an extremely cost efficient way to backup data. As files are stored securely in datacentres, there is no need for additional hardware or IT personnel. This helps save on both operational costs and office space.

4. Improved Data Protection

While using disk or external hard-drives to backup data is better than having no disaster recovery plan in place at all, hardware does not allow for great data protection, with no way to encrypt files or create password protection.

The cloud, on the other hand, offers security as a primary feature, with 256-bit military-grade encryption used in uploading of every file.

5. Instant Scalability

Cloud online backup is a fully scalable solution that can grow with your business. Because there is no physical hardware involved, cloud online backup allows for instant increasing or decreasing of storage capacity as demand requires.

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