What to Look for in a Cloud-Based Data Backup Solution

Cloud isn’t just a matter of protecting your business from data loss; it’s a matter of business growth. When you protect your critical data, your business is able to keep generating revenue even if you’re dealing with severe IT failures like power outages, fires, natural disasters, and so on. While the amount of cloud-based storage options can initially seem staggering to most business owners, choosing the right one is made easier for those who know what to look for. If the resilience of your business and the protection of its reputation matter to you, here’s what you need in a cloud-based data backup solution:

Security
Not every cloud provider has the same approach to security, so it’s important to read the fine print. The most secure cloud-based data backup solutions are private clouds. Public clouds are accessed through the Internet and are therefore by that property alone less secure than a private cloud. But one shouldn’t play down the security of public cloud , which are typically secured with encryption, authentication, and authorization procedures. It’s important to also note here that businesses can choose a hybrid cloud model (wherein a company uses both public and private systems).

Speed
You need a fast connection to your cloud backup for several reasons. Slow connections can make data backup take longer, burdening your system. They’re also more difficult to retrieve large amounts of data if the time for data recovery does come. Transfer speeds vary network to network, and these speeds can vary drastically. Lastly, it’s worth mentioning that running a private cloud network would be the fastest option, since the cloud hardware would be on-site.

Integration
Like with speed, the availability of integration options varies widely from provider to provider. A good example comes from the Google cloud platform that includes integration with BigQuery, Cloud SQL, App Engine, and several other APIs. You can find equally unique integration with a provider like Dropbox, which is integrated with Redbooth. Finding the right integration for your business should start with a list of your existing services.

Pricing
Contracts are becoming somewhat faux pas in the backup industry, and most providers are moving towards pay as you go pricing models. Amazon’s hosting is an excellent example of flexible pay as you go and regionally-targeted pricing.

Success
Ask providers about their backup success rate so you’re certain that you’re not just moving your data from one dangerous situation to another. Any provider that’s capable of providing business-grade data backup will be able to boast at least a 99% data backup success rate.

 

Choosing a cloud-based backup solution can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be—by keeping speed, integration and security in mind, you can a solution that works for your company.

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Posted on: 01.27.14