It’s old hat that businesses would backup their data to their tape servers in the case of a disaster, so that their business data could be recovered. But there were more problems with these tapes than initially thought such as the risk of data loss through theft or accidental damage. Often, the magnetic tapes would simply corrode, resulting in data corruption. This caused many problems when it came to recovering data that they had originally backed up, resulting in many businesses having to rebuild their data and rethink their data recovery strategy.
One of the biggest hurdles many businesses come across when recovering data is corruption. Many people believe that when you back data up, you can forget about it. This isn’t the case. In order to ensure that the backed up data is recoverable, you must perform regular and routine checks to ensure that the most recent data is still intact. Otherwise, you could be recovering faulty, broken or outdated information. Over time CD’s, Tapes and mechanical spinning hard drives can be exposed to wear and tear, moisture and dust, or unintended knocks.
With a cloud backup system, the data is stored in a datacentre which is optimized with the right conditions to ensure data integrity. Datacentres are equipped with special ventilation to ensure that no moisture accumulates inside the electronic components of the server racks.
Speed of recovery
Recovering from tapes, CD’s and hard drives can take a long time. Especially if you have to restore all the business data from the past 30 days. This can cause unwanted downtime which may cause collateral damage as employees cannot access their data or get any work done.
Data in the cloud is easily recoverable and can be scheduled. You can schedule both the backup instances and the recovery process to back up the data at a certain time. You can also recover more than one computer at any one time, recovering data in a smaller space of time than it would take to write it from a CD, HDD or tape server.
With traditional backup methods, your business data could be stolen from the premise or become lost in transit when escorting off premise. If the data was stolen, the offender could access your mission critical business data and potentially steal it or use it against your company. Your backed up data could also be accidently deleted, or the original backup could fault and you would have no backup medium left to recover your data from.
To ensure this doesn’t happen, cloud backup servers are equipped with firewalls to ensure that hackers cannot obtain your data. Furthermore, cloud backup servers encrypt the data with a 2048-bit SSL encryption key which is very complex to crack. Once more, your data is backed up to a failover server. If one whole datacentre failed, you could still recover your business data from a second datacentre.
In short, cloud backup is depended upon by many businesses all around the world due to its security, flexibility and cost as the businesses doesn’t have to buy any of the storage media or hardware needed to back up the data. Data recovery is even more crucial than backing it up. There would be no point in backing the data up if you couldn’t recover it quickly if a disaster such as a flood, fire, theft or cyber-attack strikes. Cloud backup is a must for any business, providing a flexible and reliable recovery solution that works fast when it’s needed.
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