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Your Cloud Backup Deployment To-Do List

Cloud is becoming more mainstream and many enterprises and small to mid-size businesses are profiting from its benefits. However, rushing in to cloud backup can lead to a troublesome situation.  There are several questions that need answers and numerous variables need to be considered before migrating.

Before choosing an efficient backup and disaster recovery plan, you need to evaluate on the following three basic variables:

  • Access Management

One of the biggest concerns pertaining to cloud based backup is who is capable of accessing the stored data? Access management is a big question and in light of a recent survey which stated that more than 60,000 sensitive files of the U.S government were publicly accessible; the concern is well founded. This is why it the first thing enterprises need to consider and evaluate on. There are numerous solutions being provided that can handle access management efficiently such as Amazon Macie.

Regardless of the enterprise cloud storage you choose, the access control management needs to be simplified yet comprehensive enough to meet your requirements.

  • Connectivity

You need to ensure that your connectivity is optimum. It wouldn’t matter how good your backup solution is if you aren’t able to access it or if your access is constantly being interrupted. Imagine experiencing a disconnection while the data is backing up. Having questionable connectivity can interoperate to a futile cloud backup solution. 

  • Storage Tiers

Storage tiers are not new concepts to IT departments that are familiar with Storage Area Networks (SANs). In the cloud, the implications are the same. You can acquire reliable yet cost effective storage tiers such as Amazon Glacier or Azure Cold Blob Storage. The necessity is the evaluation of the data being used. If it’s a frequently accessed data then it has no place in a storage tier meant for low frequency access because it will end up being too expensive.

In order for the backup and disaster recovery to be efficient and cost effective, data analysis is necessary.

Summary

Migrating data to cloud backup is beneficial but it requires a number of things. You need to acquire a management system that enables system administrators to choose who gets to access which files. Access management is crucial, it has to be comprehensive but simple. Similarly, connectivity plays the role of a bridge between cloud backup solutions and you. If your connection has no problems, then even a perfect backup solution is pointless. Storage tiers when used right can increase the cost efficiency, productivity and in turn profitability of the enterprise. 

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