Pros and Cons of Cloud Backup

The practice of Data Backup in the Cloud is a part of every organization. Get to know its undeniable advantages and its cons as well.

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Pros and Cons of Cloud Backup

More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is the amount of data created every day during 2018.

One quintillion looks like this, 1,000,000,000,000,000,000, a number with 18 figures after the first number, shortly known as 10¹⁸.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to describing the tremendous amount of data being stored and keeping these data locally is simply not the smartest thing someone can decide to do.

Why Store Data at First Place

The value of goods isn’t the same as it was last century, or before 6, 7 decades. It’s a true fact that those goods, such as gold and other rare materials on one hand and oil on the other, remain one of the most valuable goods that everyone wants to own.

However, the perception on what can be profitable and of a great value has evolved and usage of goods has changed. This new treasure is with no doubt the Data "refinery".

In addition to the classic valuable assets, with the worldwide spread of technology usage, data has become the most dominant trend that can drive towards growth.

These Data are of value only for those who truly understand its potential in gaining benefits from putting them in use and that in different ways and channels.

After understanding the full potential of data and bid data, storing, sorting, extracting, and utilizing them properly is the process that needs to be followed in order to get the most out of data.

For any business, data is an important asset, and for some, it is the most important asset due to their business product or service.

For more in-depth insights regarding the benefits of using data check this article.

The amount of digital data that is produced daily is tremendous. According to the World Economic Forum, the total amount of data in the world during 2020 was estimated to have been 44 zettabytes.

Facing these scary numbers, mistakes and errors are likely to happen to every one of us.

Therefore, be sure to take under consideration the preventive steps by getting to know with common mistakes when dealing with data and thus you increase your gaining potential from Data and Big Data.

Cloud Backup

As a general definition when it comes to Cloud Backups, we describe it as the possibility by which an organization can store and continuously back up data on a remote server.

These data are accessible and available in the cloud for organizations that backed them up whenever and wherever they have access to the Internet.  

Through the cloud, backup organizations are able to back up systems, applications, and other data to a cloud-based server being in a remote location different from the organization.

These servers can either be private or public. The private ones are mainly used by larger enterprises that have the resources and the budget for such cloud infrastructure.

Advantages of Cloud Backups

The reason why Cloud Backups is in vogue is that the pros and benefits of it are unquestionable among organizations and business entities.

Find below some of the main benefits of Cloud Backup;

1. Affordable

Running a business doesn’t mean that you have by default unlimited IT infrastructure and awaiting budget for its growth.

The solution that is the right one in terms of affordability for not being obliged to invest in extra hardware devices and software for expanding the capacity of data storage and hire new people for their maintenance is cloud backup.

For a few extra hundred dollars per year, you are able to back up all of your data to the cloud.

2. Anytime, anywhere access

One of the greatest benefits of backing up the data to the cloud is the possibility of having access to the data anytime and anywhere.

Otherwise, just imagine the feeling, the psychological pressure, and operational limitations of not being able to have such accessibility in today’s connected and fast-paced world we are living in.

As long as you have an internet connection, you can access your backed-up data from wherever you are and whenever you need it, and download just a file or the whole data.

We truly think that today in the business world, this option is a life savior in terms of being able to execute action fast and efficiently.

3. Off-site storage

We can all say that our data are being well preserved and nothing can destroy them. 

By practice, when it comes to major events like being engulfed by fire, in case of flood, tornado or hurricane, etc., everything can be destroyed.

In these cases, keeping a copy of the data offsite is the only and the most secure way of saving the data without the risk of experiencing any damage.

4. Automation

Another true benefit of backing up data in the cloud is the possibility of automating actions. Since nowadays time is valued like never before. 

Thus, backing up the data in the cloud is the most efficient and practical solution, since backing up doesn’t require an additional time commitment for executing such action.

You can set up the backup process of computer files to be executed automatically and continuously as long as you are connected to the Internet.

5. Scalability

You never know how far your business will go, how much it will grow, will it follow the same predictions foreseen at the beginning, etc.

However, having the possibility of scaling cloud services without the need to purchase more hardware or software is something that definitely is helpful for organizations.

This scale can be done on-demand, according to your needs with an increased price of that subscription package.

There are definitely more advantages that you can consider when aiming to use Cloud as a backup option such as Reliability, Security, etc.

Disadvantages of Cloud Backups

Despite all the undeniable advantages of cloud backup, there are certain issues that need to pay detailed attention to in order to avoid later on complications.

1. Switching Cloud Providers

Get to know carefully with provider’s policy and conditions. How long do they keep your data upon contract cancellation, in case of contract cancelation, can you download your backed up files, what are their policies when it comes to scaling the backup capacity, etc.

Understanding and getting to know these facts will definitely help you circumvent many future concerns and possible disputes.  

2. Accessing issues

The commodity and the great feel of being able to access the files on the cloud whenever and wherever you are can turn into irritability and restlessness if you aren’t sure that your workplace can’t afford a stable and proper Internet connection.

As a conclusion, our advice is that you should consider getting to know upfront about such possible obstacles and take safety measures for avoiding future trouble.

If you need further assistance in finding the best suitable solution for your organization feel free to reach us.

Published on
October 18, 2021

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