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Why SMBs need to think more about cloud storage

Why SMBs need to think more about cloud storage

The cloud is one of the fastest growing areas in the IT sector. But despite the increased popularity of cloud storage, many small to midsized business (SMB) owners are still hesitant to adopt cloud storage either because it seems to complex or not secure enough. But nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is cloud-storage very secure, it’s very easy to use compared to hardware-focused storage solutions. Cloud storage gives businesses the ability to store files on the internet rather than on a single computer so that any employee can have access to any file quickly from anywhere.

Microsoft Office 365’s cloud features are good but not enough

Most SMBs use Microsoft Office for one reason or another. With the introduction of Office 365 comes new cloud features that enables users to store all of their Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other Microsoft files in the cloud and access them from anywhere. Approximately 30% of small businesses are already using Office 365 and that number will continue to increase in the coming year. With so many SMBs using Office 365, however, it’s a good reminder that these kinds of cloud solutions, though helpful, are insufficient.

The 3-2-1 rule

Data backup and storage experts recommend that SMBs follow the 3-2-1 rule. The 3-2-1 rule is easy to remember: businesses should save three copies of every file in at least two different locations with at least one of those locations being offsite. The 3-2-1 rule ensures that data is safe in the event of any kind of disaster that might destroy backup stored onsite.

Should a hacker get into your Office 365 cloud or should data stored there accidentally get deleted, it’s a good idea to have data stored offsite so that you can recover it.

Storing options

There are many backup storage solutions out there that come at a range of price points. The least expensive options involve backup up important files yourself by using an external hard drive or USB device. Though this option is simple and budget friendly, it’s not very secure. External hard drives or USB storage devices can be lost, stolen, or damaged in a natural disaster. A safer solution is to team up with a third party such as a managed service provider (MSP). An MSP can not only provide you with a range of data backup and recovery services but will also have 24/7 support. A managed online backup solution is the most secure route for protecting your business’s important data.

Source: The American Genius

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