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In a previous post, we discussed the importance of implementing a disaster recovery plan, and a few things to keep in mind as you carry that plan out.
Of course, one of the most crucial aspects of a good disaster recovery plan is backing up your data. But of all the different ways you can back up, which is most trustworthy?

You can back up your data with physical, on-premise storage devices like tape, CD-ROM, or external hard drives. In the event of a natural disaster, though, those mediums are likely to be damaged along with the original data.
Cloud backup (also called online backup) protects against that threat by replicating your data. By backing up via the cloud, your data exists in two separate geographical locations at once. So, if one location is struck, the other remains standing.

We've also discussed the cloud at length recently, but in case you missed it, here's the gist: when information exists in the cloud, your data is stored on the cloud provider's servers in some outside location, and not on your office's physical servers. So if you use a cloud provider whose servers are in a warehouse on the west coast, your data is safe even if something were to destroy your office on the east coast.
Cloud backup, then, is more effective than older methods. Luckily, it's also easier and, in many cases, less expensive.
Benefits of Cloud Backup
No new equipment required: With cloud backup, the backup itself is performed through your existing network. There's no need to purchase any new equipment.
Set and forget: After you invest some time setting up your initial backup procedure and schedule, once it's done, it's done. Everything will be fully automated, so backups are performed automatically, requiring no further input from you.
It's affordable: Because the entire process is automated, cloud backups require less time and resources to maintain. As a result, both operating costs and administrative costs are lower than traditional backup processes.
It scales: When you use physical media to back up your data, you may have to expand your storage capacity as your needs grow. The cloud, on the other hand, can handle any amount of data with little or no fuss.
Better recovery times: While this may vary by provider, generally speaking, data recovery is much faster and more reliable than physical media.
Lower resource requirements: Because processes are automated, resources that would typically be used on recovering data is automatically allocated to more pressing needs.
Keep in mind...
Like many new technologies, the benefits far outweigh the costs, but there are still a few things to keep in mind while researching cloud backup providers.
For example, your data will be managed by a third party. Here, research is key: look into each company's background extensively. Does their track record inspire trust? Are they well-versed in meeting needs similar to yours?
Latency is another area that will need to be addressed. Latency is the time between a stimulus and a response. In this case, it means a time lag between you and your data. It's a performance-driven metric that will affect how quickly your data can be made available to you (i.e. recovered).
As always, we're here to answer any questions you might have about cloud backup. You can email us or give us a call on 02 4254 5444.
In the meantime, you can learn more about disaster recovery and how it relates to cloud backup with our downloadable disaster recovery guide .
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