In the last few years, businesses have moved away from hardware-dependent backup solutions in favor of cloud-based backup solutions. Though cloud backup is becoming more accepted, there are still some concerns for those considering making the switch. Companies need to feel confident that any cloud backup solution they implement will still allow them to be efficient when it comes to reliable storage and retrieval.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to cloud backup. Every business has slightly different needs. Some may want to store some data on site while moving other data directly to the cloud. These hybrid cloud solutions require that businesses evaluate their storage and recovery needs. IT decision makers in a businesses need to determine whether failure to retrieve important data quickly enough has led to inefficiency within the company or whether new compliance regulations will require additional backup or quicker retrieval times. Here are five considerations businesses need to make when considering a hybrid cloud-based recovery solution.
Cloud cost analysis
Ideally, your business can afford to store everything in the cloud but that isn’t always the case. Businesses will need to determine their budget for cloud-based backup and then decide on what data they will back up there. Scalability related to pricing also needs to be taken into consideration. If your business becomes responsible for new services and additional data, what will the additional costs for cloud storage be?
Determining desired backup speed
The reliability of the backup isn’t the only concern. It’s also important to consider the data transfer rates of a cloud-based solution. Advanced systems can transfer up to 5 TB of data in 12 hours. It’s important to choose a solution with decent transfer speeds so you can be assured that everything is backed up within a specified time window.
Transitioning from hardware-focused approach
Businesses should reconsider their dependence on hardware-focused backup solutions. Legacy backup and recovery systems tend to be less cost-effective than cloud-based systems and they aren’t equipped to handle the amount of data that most businesses handle in the modern world. In the event of a disaster of some kind, a hardware-focused backup system can be damaged and important data lost.
Setting recovery time objective
In the event you have to recover data that was lost, you have to consider how long your business can go without access to that data. That will determine the recovery speeds that you’ll need for your cloud-based solution. This can be as long as one day or as short as one hour depending on your needs.
Providing an efficient user experience
Finally, businesses need to consider ease of use. Most cloud-based storage solutions should be manageable from the business location. Some solutions will enable you to download individual files without having to recover an entire server image first. For the best user experience, businesses should invest in managed online backup so there is 24/7 support with a live person to assist with any problems that might arise. Any cloud-based storage solution that a business considers should be compliant with federal regulations.