Cloud backup, or online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server. The server is usually provided by a third-party service provider, who charges a fee based on capacity, bandwidth or number of users. In the enterprise, the off-site server might be proprietary, but the chargeback method would be similar.
Online backup systems are typically built around a client software application that runs on a schedule determined by the level of service the customer has purchased. If the customer has daily backups, then the application collects, compresses, encrypts and transfers data to the service provider's servers every 24 hours. To reduce the amount of bandwidth consumed and the time it takes to transfer files, the service provider might only provide incremental backups after the initial full backup.
Third-party cloud backup has gained popularity with small offices and home users because of its convenience. Capital expenditures for additional hardware are not required and backups can be run dark, which means they can be run automatically without manual intervention.
Why cloud backup?
As companies cope with the growing amount of corporate information being generated every day, they face a daunting truth: without their data, they have no business. That’s why it’s so critical to now have a modern and dependable system in place to safeguard valuable business information. Over the last decade, cloud backup, recovery and restore options have emerged as secure, cost-effective and reliable solutions.
Want to learn more?
Switching to a cloud-based backup system is an important decision that requires a clear understanding of how such a solution will integrate into your business. To get answers to the most common questions that companies have about cloud backup give us a call and we would be happy to you.