Cloud Backup White Paper
The digital information aspects of any business are key to its functioning and, in most cases, its survival. This makes digital information paramount to all entities, from individuals to large-scale enterprises. Thus, a critical component of the successful business safety and recovery planning is to ensure that a comprehensive data backup paradigm is consistently in place.
The risks of not having a dedicated backup solution can be severe, even catastrophic. Given the adversity of the consequences related to loss of business-critical data, there are a number of vital aspects that entities ought to consider when scoping and sourcing a solution for their specific requirements.
Adept herein presents a series of cases and scenarios considered during the formation of our Cloud Backup solution, now available to all consumer and business clients. We also consider the reasons for selecting online backup, and present a ground strategy for implementing and maintaining it.
The Case for Backup Solutions
According to the Realty Times, it would take you 19 days to re-type just 20MB of lost text-based data. Market research from Harris Interactive shows that a hard drive crashes every 15 seconds, while 2000 laptops are lost or stolen daily. Most alarmingly, the London Chamber of Commerce advises that 90% of companies suffering significant data loss go out of business within two years. One should also consider that dedicated backup and straightforward storage are not the same. Online storage is used for ease of access, sharing and mobile access. It’s a useful collaboration tool, but has its limitations. For starters, online storage does not usually encrypt the data itself, despite the storage server being encrypted. This means that the data, while usually behind a secure server, is still open for access to any with permission to that server. Furthermore, online storage typically requires the data in question to be in one overall folder, and users cannot simply select which folders to store online. Finally, online storage’s sharing capability often means that sharing links are sent out and accessed without any authentication requirements – anyone with access to the URL can obtain the shared files. Online backup addresses both the security and integrity concerns. By having the data encrypted on the local device and sent to the backup server via encrypted link, it guards against eavesdropping and compromised server risks. Backup software also normally requires a password to open successfully – this prevents unwanted persons from seeing what is backed up to begin with. Additionally, online backup solutions are “fire and forget”. Once initiated, they process automatically in the background. A final advantage is that an online backup process will normally compress data and backs up changes made, instead of entire files. This saves on both the available backup space as well as cuts down on data use.