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How to Tell if You’re Ready for Cloud Backup and Data Recovery
Symantec Corporation drops a lot of white papers – so many that I can’t possibly read them all. Still, they’re good for some pretty good info and insights about cloud backup and data recovery trends and solutions, so when I ran across their white paper titled Are You Ready For the Cloud?, I figured it might make for some good blog fodder.
Hopefully, I was right. You be the judge.
The white paper asks five basic questions to help small businesses decide if they’re ready for the cloud to ensure their backup and data recovery solution. I’ll list them here, with a few comments. If you’re interested, you can download a copy of the full white paper for free.
1. Do you find it difficult to budget for technology purchases?
Software licenses and servers aren’t cheap. If you’re doing all your backup yourself, you’re probably forking out a lot of jack for these two essentials. Is it weighing you down? If so, a cloud solution might be what you need. You can choose your level and frequency of backups, plus you can rest easy with a multi-point data recovery plan.
In addition, you can quickly and easily scale up or down as needed. And that doesn’t even get into the space and electricity you’re paying for to house your current in-house backup solution.
2. Are you struggling to manage your individual computers and network infrastructure?
Are you running all your systems, from e-mail to backup to accounting to HR to your website, on one server? And is it all being managed by one or two people who are spread way too thin? If so, this is another sign you may be ready for a backup and data recovery solution that is cloud based.
Here’s a nice direct quote from the white paper, in fact: “In-house IT departments often struggle to keep up with the latest best practices. Imagine having a cloud services vendor support your company’s low-level infrastructure, eliminating mundane maintenance challenges and freeing your IT resources
to focus on higher-value IT services for the business. Simultaneously, you free up your network, allowing those tools remaining onsite to perform better.”
3. Is it difficult for you to keep up with current trends such as mobility, or implement changes to your infrastructure?
Keeping up with security updates, new software versions and ever-improving hardware can be a job in itself for your IT manager. Just think if that burden was lifted, and taken care of behind the scenes by a cloud provider instead?
And if your company has remote offices or employees that rely on mobile devices, from laptops to smartphones to tablets, cloud backup is a superior way to ensure backup and data recovery for that data.
4. Do you wish you had more time to focus on your business?
Taking away the bulk of the day-to-day distractions might just free up your IT manager to focus on business strategies that could help propel your company forward and become more efficient. What a concept, huh? This is another key reason you may be ready for a cloud-based backup and recover solution.
In the white paper, Symantec points out that “a great IT department is really one that helps its business
strategically use technology to advance the overall company goals.”
5. Do you need to protect your company’s digital assets?
Still not convinced? Still want to have your data in a server that you can walk down the hall and touch? Consider this: A nasty virus could wipe it all out in one fell swoop, or a flood from a sprinkler malfunction could put your servers under water. At that point, you’d be touching a really expensive paperweight.
But a hybrid solution in which you ensure data recovery by using cloud backup as a fail-safe. Local data is still at your fingertips, but if an unforeseen disaster turns your server room into a bunch of smoldering wires and metal – or a swimming pool – you can restore critical data quickly and completely.
Once again, the white paper goes into more depth than this blog, but here’s hoping that if you’ve read this far, you’ve gotten something out of it.
And if you represent a Louisville business that meets some of the criteria above, give us a call at 502.244.1152 or drop us a line.