On the surface, cloud storage may sound like the greatest technological invention of our lifetime. For your business, that may be the case, but the usefulness of cloud storage is not universal. It also comes with its own set of drawbacks. As with any other business decision, it is important that you do your research so that you can determine the best disaster recovery back up for your business.
Advantage: Cloud Storage is Efficient and Reliable
Cloud storage providers use top-of-the-line tech to store your data. They employ disk-based backup, compression, encryption, data deduplication, server virtualization, storage virtualization, application-specific protection, and more in SAS 70-certified data centers. Many companies will also offer 24/7 monitoring, management, and reporting to ensure the safety and integrity of your data.
Disadvantage: Size and Bandwidth Limitations
The amount of data that can be backed up into the cloud storage each day depends on the amount of bandwidth the client has available. If the client is trying to back up large amounts of data with very little bandwidth, some of the data may not be backed up. This can lead to data loss in the event of a disaster.
Advantage: Fast Recovery of Small Amounts of Data
Pulling small things out of cloud storage can be quite speedy. Files such as documents, PDFs, and photos can be pulled in very little time. Recovering hard copies of files can take significantly more time, depending on their location and level of security.
Disadvantage: Possible Data Loss
Should you choose to terminate your service with a cloud storage provider, you will want to make sure that you can still access all of your data. If you are terminating a contract before its actual end, be sure to read the details of early termination consequences such as fees and data handling procedures. When searching for a cloud storage provider, it is important that you choose one that will not destroy your data upon exiting of a contract. As always, a solid disaster recovery plan is the best way to ensure you keep all of your company’s data intact.
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