PCToday: SMBs & Cloud-Based Backup

All enterprises understand how important it is to back up data, but they may not all be aware of cloudbased offerings that can save internal resources as well as help lower the IT budget related to data storage. For some companies, it’s a simple matter of not wanting to move away from traditional backup approaches. For others, it’s about worrying that the services are too complicated and potentially risky. Whatever the reason, you may be missing out on the many benefits these services provide. 

One of the biggest beneits of cloudbased backups is that they don’t consume onsite resources and instead are housed at an offsite facility. According to Rachel Dines, senior analyst with Forrester Research (www.forrester.com), with PC-based backups, vendors are introducing new features all the time. Generally, backups are non-disruptive, continuous, and provide the ability to still work with open iles even as they are being backed up. She points out that these backups can sometimes be accessed from smartphones and tablets, even if the data was originally backed up on a desktop or laptop. 

Ileana Funez, research analyst with Info-Tech Research Group (www.infotech.com), says that on the server side, where companies are backing up a larger amount of data from multiple systems,one beneit is that there is “very little management overhead that goes into it.” Many vendors also offer redundant storage features and provide“a good amount of security for the long-term availability of data,” she says.

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