Today’s hectic businesses environment requires a backup solution that delivers much more than a traditional local only strategy. Given the constant risks your small business faces with your important data, it’s critical for you to ensure 1) that your data is protected and 2) that your data can remain operational in lieu of a system disruption. That’s where a hybrid cloud-based backup solution comes in.
According to analysts, hybrid solutions are the top desired features by today’s small businesses.
4 KEY REASONS WHY A BACKUP, RECOVERY & BUSINESS CONTINUITY SOLUTION BASED ON A HYBRID CLOUD MODEL IS PREFERRED
With a hybrid solution, your company’s essential data is backed up locally and then an additional backup is replicated off-site, providing additional data security (data insurance if you will). The in-house data is protected by redundant sets of information with the local device being the first line of defense. In most cases, three distinct copies of each of your files exist – on the workstation or server, on the local device and in the public cloud.
Your organization also benefits from local storage flexibility, addressing a key concern that you may have with a hybrid cloud solution. Since cloud storage is far less expensive, you can retain more data on the cloud and have a shorter retention locally. Small businesses like yours are often concerned about space on local storage devices, and the cloud gives you the chance to make decisions about how long to store backups on your local devices.
You won’t have to worry about purchasing more local storage, nor do you have to make difficult choices about what files to delete when running out of space. Once again, it’s important to emphasize the peace of mind that this option provides. It eliminates a pain point that organizations have struggled with: limited resources dedicated to storage.
One of the biggest concerns you may have when making any sort of technology decision is the bottom line. Fortunately, hybrid cloud backup solutions are cost effective. The hybrid model keeps costs low. Because you only need to purchase or rent a local unit while the rest of the infrastructure lies in the cloud. It’s important to look for an IT company that could provide you with options.
In the event of a disaster, be it natural or technical, you should feel confident that your data was backed up, and that it can be restored in a timely manner. When organizations experience downtime, they stand to lose a great deal of money as IT strives to bring operations back online. In these instances, virtual machines (VM) can be the difference between downtime and uptime. VMs are copies of workstations or servers running on a server in the cloud.
Every aspect of the duplicated machine can be run from this virtual machine that lives in the cloud, and is therefore not vulnerable to localized phenomena, like a weather disaster. For example, in a disaster scenario, your organization’s server and or appliances could failover to the cloud to avoid downtime, keeping data and operations running smoothly and consistently, ensuring business continuity even when the winds are strong and the weather fierce.
Hybrid cloud backup solutions offer small business and many other organizations the best of both worlds, and play an essential part of a comprehensive backup, recovery and business continuity strategy. The added benefits of Security, Storage, Savings and Virtualization should make the transition to a hybrid cloud solution a little easier, and hopefully alleviate any fears you may have of the cloud.
Anton Resnick is CEO of WebHosting.Net.