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.
From a business perspective, outsourcing your data backup solution to a cloud provider can make data backup much more cost effective, especially for companies who do not have the resources to make major IT investments. If they partner with a cloud hosting provider for data backup, the host can provide the infrastructure, reliable Internet connections, servers, networks, and even proven compliance so that the SMB does not have to make in-house investments.
If you manage your business' data backup requirements correctly, a cloud-based solution can provide a reliable, flexible, and cost effective backup solution. However, if you do not manage your business' data requirements accurately and assume that a cloud-based solution is the same as a traditional solution, you may not be able to properly evaluate this alternative.