Cloud computing is obviously the way to go these days in terms of managing your businesses data in an efficient and safe manner. And while it can indeed offer a multitude of benefits to your organization, it can also provide the occasional nightmare, thanks for unexpected service outages, natural disasters -- and even human error.
Thus, ensuring you've got a proven cloud backup strategies is a smart move -- and that's an understatement.
"Cloud backup is a no-brainer, plain and simple," said Alex Wang, President of RingStor, Inc., of East Brunswick, N.J., a leading provider of cloud backup software for businesses, which helps providers to deploy a reliable and scalable cloud backup in a matter of minutes. "Businesses can -- and have -- lost millions of dollars because they failed to put a backup system into place. We see it happen all too often.
Wang offers 10 strategies to making sure you're prepared for the next "disaster" --
1. ADVANCED PREPARATION
Address specific business needs by defining a solution for cloud data backup. Don't forget to also address customer needs.
2. TCO ANALYSIS
Conduct a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis. Wang recommends using a provider that can integrate archives, so you can move data sets from a backup plan to an archive plan, and one which provides online search and retrieval functionality.
3. BE PREPARED
In deference to the Boy Scouts, always put a cloud data backup strategy in place before you really need it.
To ensure security, encrypt backup data.
5. BE COMPLIANT
Always adhere to governance and compliance rules. For example, there can be regulatory compliance related to where data may move or be stored when different countries or regions are involved, or compliance related to retention periods of data. Always check in advance.
6. STAFF KNOWLEDGE
Your staff should be always familiar with procedures related to bulk data import, wherein data is shipped on removable media storage to on-premise. According to Wang, this option will be critical when faster data recovery is needed for large data backups.
7. DUAL BACKUPS
Always backup locally and remotely -- and to both on-premise and cloud storage.
8. PUBLIC ACCESS?
If the purpose of putting data in the cloud is for public accessibility, then backup the data locally before storing in cloud.
9 -- SPREAD THE WEALTH
Engage multiple vendors. Wang stresses that if it's cost affordable for your particular operation, then it's always recommended to backup very important and critical data to multiple vendors to mitigate risks.
10. RECOVERY METHODS
Ensure that backed-up data can be recovered on-premise or to another cloud vendor.
Cloud backup can help a company consolidate an IT infrastructure, reduce the need for IT capital investments, and, as mobile technologies proliferate across enterprises, improve 'anywhere' access to information, according to Wang.
"So don't be one of those operations that thinks about cloud backup once it's too late," added Wang.