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Mar 28, 2017

Industry insights,

Cloud solutions for backups

‘Cloud’ has been the buzzword for some time now, and while most IT department professionals understand the benefit of using Cloud applications, one of the clear benefits is the off-site data storage solution, that can also be considered as a backup resource.

There are many different Cloud-based applications, and whilst the primary function of these applications is not data loss prevention, many actually serve this purpose very well. If you consider the front-runners in this marketplace as Microsoft, Google and Dropbox – the out of the box products they offer are robust, reliable and accessible, they really do bring a quick and cost effective solution for storage and data restoration.  

The winning factor for these types of solutions is the accessibility. They can literally be accessed anytime, and anywhere – providing the internet is strong enough and their 99% uptime promises are generally realistic, as most people do have the connectivity to support this.

Backup options

In the main, there are two options: out of the box and third party. Out of the box usually focuses on disaster recovery, offering a robust backup solution that includes a complete infrastructure backup for a limited amount of time. If you are thinking of these products in the same way as you would an insurance policy, this could be likened to your ‘life insurance’. However, whilst the solution these products provide is of value to some people, having the option to completely replicate your business data in the event of catastrophe might be considered overkill for some businesses.

Because of their focus on one single data loss event, out of the box offering is limited as it doesn’t provide a backup for any failure of any one application or relied on system. In these instances, third party options tend to be the best solution. Their coverage will often be vast and cover more than one cloud application or vendor. In contrast to the more prescriptive options, third party offerings will also account for some of the most basic downtime issues, such as a loss of network connectivity.

In addition to this, third party solutions are in effect designed from scratch, with your primary requirements and functionality taken into account. Alongside the disaster recovery elements, they can also offer a range of archiving services that, if used correctly, will enable the user to free up space, reduce their processing times and work far more efficiently.

Whilst third party options are the more intricate and normally created with bespoke elements, each business will need to evaluate all their backup and data loss prevention methods to ensure they adopt the right solution for their unique business needs.