Jan Brass Takes a Hard Look at the Cloud

Using the Cloud for Superior Backup

Using the Cloud for Superior BackupThere are very few industries where cloud technology has not made its mark especially when it comes to enterprise services. Similarly, there are very few businesses that do not utilize at least a few cloud services – whether it is hosted VoIP or SaaS accounting software. A significant proportion of business organizations also rely on the cloud for some form of backup and recovery services.

However, many of them still view cloud backup as a specific solution to be used under very specific circumstances. For instance some organizations consider cloud backup to be useful only for online storage of individual files and folders. Other enterprises implement cloud solutions as a way to provide collaborative document sharing and editing capabilities to their employees. Thus they end up implementing cloud technology in a piecemeal manner and often end up paying for multiple services that essentially do the same thing.
Backup Is Important, Recovery Even More so

The importance of backing up data is not lost on businesses but very few of them consider the recovery process when opting for a particular solution. Data may need to be recovered in a variety of circumstances – after a natural disaster, during a business crisis, due to lost or stolen devices etc. Depending on the situation, speedy recovery or the reliability and integrity of the data may be more important.

Whereas the average person may be happy with individual file and folder backups, businesses need recovery solutions that can allow them to continue business transactions even if the primary network goes down. In many cases, utilizing a complete cloud backup and recovery means that the organization can just flip a switch and seamlessly change to the failover network to continue business as usual.

For example, if the business headquarters is damaged in an earthquake it is certainly not enough to be able to recover a few files here and there. It may take days for the company to recover from the incident and meanwhile the recovery cloud can power all necessary services.

Recovery cloud features

Encryption
Enterprises across the world are becoming increasingly aware of the value of their data and the necessity of protecting it against intruders.  Recovery cloud should utilize military grade encryption to protect data at rest and in transit. Proper encryption may be a necessity for compliance for some enterprises but it is a must-have feature for any business that is concerned about the privacy and security of its data.

Access control
Access control becomes a necessity in a cloud environment since a business needs to be able to control who can access what data. For instance a company may want to provide access to certain data only to specific contractors while excluding all others. Properly implemented access controls ensure that intruders cannot gain access and can be easily identified even if they do.

Self-service
The best recovery solutions enable businesses to be up and running almost immediately after any crisis. Self-service is an essential part of this process and the business shouldn’t have to wait on the provider to do anything. This makes the recovery process seamless and near instantaneous.

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