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How to Choose a Cloud Backup Provider for Your Small Business

Cloud backup solution concept with abstract paper cloud shiny 3D backup signCloud backup is a convenient and reliable way to protect and recover your mission-critical data. Unfortunately, not all cloud backup services are created equal. Here are some tips on what to look for in a cloud backup service provider:

Support

As a small business owner, data backup may fall solely on your shoulders. That’s a big responsibility, especially when your first priority is to grow your business. Look for an expert cloud backup service provider with a stellar reputation that offers full–time, managed backup monitoring services. When your backups are professionally handled, you can stay focused on your business goals, employees and customers.

Small Business Focus

Many cloud service providers prioritize large corporations over small business clients, but not having dedicated IT staff doesn’t mean you should be left out in the cold. Fortunately, there are cloud backup service providers who value small business clients as much as large corporations. During a disaster or routine maintenance, you should have direct phone access to a team of professionals offering the support and security you deserve.

Transparency

When it comes to a small business budget, every penny counts. Unfortunately, hidden fees and complex pricing can mask the true costs of a cloud backup service. Look for a cloud services provider who takes the time to explain what you’re paying for and offers flexible options for scaling to your changing backup requirements.

Security

You need to know your data is safe from the moment it leaves your business. Your cloud backup service provider must protect your data 24/7. Once your data is backed up, make sure only you have access to it. Look for DES 56-bit and AES 256-bit AES 128-bit, AES 256-bit, or 448-bit Blowfish encryption options to eliminate unauthorized access to your mission-critical information.

Redundancy

One backup copy of your critical data is not enough. Why put all of your eggs in one basket when you have the choice to make redundant backups and keep them in geographically distant locations in case of a regional disaster? Consider a cloud backup provider keeps three copies of your data: on-premises, off-premises, and in the cloud. This gives you data preservation and flexibility, whether you have to restore a few files from your local copy or access all of your business data at a hot site following a disaster.

Local Experience

There’s no shortage of cloud backup service providers willing to take your data. Are you willing to hand it over to a faceless entity with a worldwide call center? Can you trust those people, and will they be there for you if disaster strikes? Choose a cloud backup service provider with decades of experience serving small businesses in your community. That way, you know you have a dependable data protection partner with the stability and capability to serve you for years to come.

Choose a cloud backup service provider that gives your small business an efficient, dependable, secure and flexible data protection solution.

The Data Vault provides cloud backup and disaster recovery services to businesses in and around Louisville, Kentucky. For more information about our cloud backup services, please call us at 502-443-1752 or complete the form on this page.

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