Is cloud backup worth the investment? First, we need to discover and understand exactly what a cloud is, and what it can do for you and your business? A cloud is basically all your company’s data and documents held on a remote server somewhere in cyberspace.
It is as if all your important documents are held in suspension above your head, and you just call when you need one. A staff member uploads the data to a remote server, and the user downloads it again, as and when it is required. The whole process is simple and straightforward and requires no additional hardware, just a login and password.
Cloud is becoming more and more popular, and email providers like Hotmail offer their clients a small amount of cloud space to keep important personal documents safe. It will no doubt become the best and most secure way to safeguard documents in the future. Soon we will all be using the cloud to backup our data as a matter of routine.
To go back to the original question; is cloud backup worth the investment. If you have a business that is data dependent, then the short answer is an emphatic yes. The cloud is worth the investment and will pay for itself time and time again providing you peace of mind. Think about having access to all your important documents and not need to use fibre optic internet, instead any connection will do!
Why do I need a cloud you might ask? One can save files to the computer, and if need be to save a copy to an external disc. For personal computing saving your documents to an external drive may be sufficient for your needs. However, if you run a business, you may have other considerations to take into account.
The computer hard drive may crash and so might an external drive especially if it is the old mechanical type. Solid state drives are more reliable because they have no moving parts. However, even a solid state drive could get corrupted. Accidental spillages like water, coffee or other fluids will wreck your hard drive, internal or external. Another scenario might be a natural disaster like a fire at your business premises where both the computer and external drives are destroyed at the same time.
The loss of all or some of your data may be enough to destroy your business or damage your reputation beyond repair. The safest way to safeguard your data is to upload it to a cloud which is kept safe on a remote server. The advantage is, your backup data is not on the business premises, and therefore cannot be damaged by fire, flood or earthquake. Whatever may happen to your business premises your data remains safe and can be downloaded instantly whenever required and from any location.
Another distinct advantage for businesses is the data can be retrieved anywhere in the world where there is a Wi-Fi or Internet connection. The data is not restricted to your office. The data can be shared between office branches and employees out of the office. What’s more, the data can be updated at a moment’s notice ensuring the latest data is available to all users at all times.
In conclusion yes, the cloud is for you if you have a business which is heavily dependent on the retrieval and storage of data. It is the safest and most secure way to backup important documents to ensure your business run smoothly without interruption.