Cloud Backup: The New Data Storage Paradigm

It's easy to get stuck in a rut. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That philosophy may work for some things, but when it comes to your company's sensitive data, we can learn a great deal from history.

When the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, more than two dozen companies went out of business — not because they didn't have insurance to cover damage to company assets or because they incurred various liabilities. They went under because they lost a huge portion of their data.

Companies have had access to (and have practiced) good data backup practices for years, but most classic solutions still require that the data be stored on local servers. While this might equate to some degree of peace of mind, it should also raise a few concerns.

What we learned from 9/11 and from countless other smaller (yet nonetheless catastrophic) instances where data have been destroyed by fire, water, or natural disaster, is that just because you have a specific place to back up your data doesn't mean that they're secure. Some companies still cling to data backup solutions that are decades old, only minimally effective, and not even remotely secure.

What about your company? When was the last time your IT department evaluated your data backup procedures? Has your IT manager been after you to look into cloud storage lately? Have you been reluctant to make the change?

Simply put, cloud backup is the way of the future, and it is far more secure than any traditional method. If your company is still using local backups, you are practically living in the Stone Age. Here are a few reasons why you should be considering cloud storage for your company's data.

1. Cost Efficiency. Cloud storage is easily the most cost-efficient data backup method. It is simple to maintain and upgrade. Desktop software solutions can cost your company quite a bit more when you consider licensing fees that you must purchase for multiple users. Cloud storage can lower your IT costs significantly and offers other scalable and pay-as-you-go options as well.

2. Unlimited Storage. Simply put, you never run out of space. If you need more, buy more. It costs far less than adding servers (or figuring out where to put them).

3. Automatic Software Integration. Software integration in the cloud is automatic in most cases. You don't need to make any additional effort to customize or integrate your applications. You can also hand pick the specific services and applications that are best suited to your business.

4. Easy, On-Demand Access. You can access information in the cloud from anywhere. You do not have to be on your company's LAN or VPN in from a remote location to access company data. Your data are secure and can be accessed via your company's own security protocols.

Don't leave your data vulnerable to loss or theft. Find out more about how a secure, easy-to-use cloud storage solution can best serve your business today.

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