Even as a growing number of businesses, both tech-savvy and otherwise, are moving to cloud technology for their backup needs, there are some others that are still skeptical about letting go of traditional on-site backup favorites like hard disks and tapes and moving to cloud. Here is a look at some benefits that a cloud backup has to offer over hard disks and tapes which tells you why cloud clearly steals the win.
- Automated backups: With cloud technology backups keep running in the background automatically without any human intervention, as opposed to on-site backups. Users can select the when and what of the cloud backup, and the cloud service provider manages the rest.
- Versions: With traditional hard disks or tapes you can only retain the recent version of files while saving. However, cloud backup saves different versions of the data, so you can easily restore the one that is required.
- Collaboration: If you’re looking for a backup solution that allows multiple parties to work on the same document, then cloud is definitely the answer. It does not require for you to manually transfer the files for this purpose, and since it is automatically synced, you can be rest assured that everyone makes changes to the updated version of the document.
- Security: Data can be stolen, lost or broken easily in the case of hard disks and tapes. However, with cloud the service provider ensures that multiple security layers keep the data safe at all times. The data is encrypted when it is idle or being transmitted so unauthorized users do not gain access to the files.
- Disaster recovery: In case of a natural disaster, data stored on-site might become irretrievable, unless another copy of the data is stored elsewhere, which also means additional work and expenses. This is not an issue with cloud, as the data is stored off-site and can be easily recovered at any point of time.
- Cost: Cloud backups translate to lesser costs when compared to hard drives or tapes, as they have no upfront or overhead hardware related expenses. The administration costs associated with cloud backup systems are low, unlike hardware backups that require tapes to be manually changed and tested, and require a dedicated staff to do the same which in turn adds to the expenses.