Lately, the cloud has emerged as a popular solution for data backup for small to medium sized businesses. Data backup has always been a popular subject for the SMB market and with the recent trend in data growth, cloud-based backup solutions, like cloud server hosting, are here to stay. Backing up your data to the cloud does however create a few challenges that need to be considered.
First of all, certain data policies require specific protection regarding where data can be stored and transmitted. Investigate the policies specific to your data to make sure that outsourcing to a cloud provider is not outside of data regulations. For example, health care facilities are responsible for maintaining the availability, integrity, and confidentiality of their patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI), as they must ensure it meets HIPAA compliance. Also, consider the data policies, especially the security practices, of the cloud provider to determine if a public or private cloud solution best fits the needs of your data.