As one of your most valuable assets, data has the potential to make or break your business. Threats like ransomware have the potential to fatally disrupt operations, while fines for GDPR breaches could be financially devastating.
Having a robust, reliable backup solution is therefore vital. And as cloud technologies continue to develop and mature, it is time to consider hosted alternatives to traditional backup technologies like tape.
Elastic storage grows as you do
Whatever your strategic goals, one thing is certain – your data estate will continue to grow exponentially. Planning, configuring and deploying storage – and the backup systems to protect it – is a never-ending task of best guesses and over- or under-provisioning.
Cloud-based backup systems have the advantage of infinite scalability, allowing your archive repository to grow as quickly (or slowly) as your estate. Importantly, the pay-as-you-use billing model ensures you are never charged for storage you don’t use and that your budget is never wasted on unused redundancy.
This flexibility ensures your systems can grow however you need without compromising your ability to protect data against loss.
More functionality, fewer overheads
Although absolutely essential, backup is not typically a line-of-business function. Every penny invested in archiving tools is money that cannot be spent on strategic projects.
This expenditure cannot be entirely avoided, but secondary costs like the time and people required to configure a backup system are – if you use a cloud backup system. How? Because the hosted backup provider is responsible for ensuring the platform is operating correctly – and properly secured. Being able to outsource infrastructure-related tasks is a significant resource saving, allowing your IT team to refocus on business objectives, not just keeping the lights on.
Other ways you win with cloud backup services
Sending backup to the cloud solves one of the most important considerations of disaster recovery planning – physical distance between your data centre and the backed-up data. By hosting backups offsite, you can be confident that data is unlikely to be affected by a local disaster, such as fire or flood.
Cloud backup systems also allow you to set granular compliance and retention policies. Using these automatic safeguards you can prevent data overwrites and ensure that archives are kept for as long as required – legally and operationally.
Cloud backup offers the perfect blend of reliability, speed and security – without creating new, costly operational overheads. To learn more about cloud backup services and how they can help your protect your data and secure your IT future, please give the WTL team a call.