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Cloud Backup: What do we stand to gain

Our world is moving fast towards digitalization and pushing data at an enormous rate There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created on daily bases, but that pace is only accelerating. So, to claim that Data is the currency of this digitalized world isn’t vey far-fetched.

Now, the question arises is, how are we protecting this currency of ours? On doing the keen observation of different ways that our organizations are securing their invaluable data and in what way are they enrolled in to mitigate all those unpredictable threats that surround us in this highly vulnerable and attack-prone landscape of modernization we come up with following picture.

Looking at current Scenario

In India, 43 per cent of active businesses claim to have their Cloud strategies fully implemented and working while, other 40 per cent of the businesses said that their strategy implementation was in progress.

Hence, it is not very difficult to see that there is a huge room for improvement, to grow and prosper. Indian businesses are yet to achieve their utmost capability, as their IT is not keeping up with the latest and most advanced technologies, they are unable to provide that modern ease of doing business along with the much-needed security options. Not surprisingly, a recent study conducted by BSA | The Software Alliance ranked the cloud computing readiness of 24 countries, responsible for 80 percent of the world’s IT markets ranked India 20th out of those IT economies.

The Prevalent Technologies

Tape Based Backup Solutions

Tape based backup systems periodically create copies of data and store them on cartridges, so the data can be recovered if there is a hard disk crash or failure. Tape backups can be done manually or be programmed to happen automatically with appropriate software.

Tape backup systems exist for needs ranging from backing up the hard disk on a personal computer to backing up large amounts of data storage for archiving and disaster recovery (DR) purposes in a large enterprise. While these storage tapes operate at high speeds and are made to last for decades, they aren’t built to offer quick access to the data.

SAN to SAN Replication

SAN (Storage Area Network) to SAN replication involves continuously copying data from an in-house SAN to a more secure off-site SAN. Storage area network replication provides an extra measure of redundancy in case a main storage system fails. While this is a popular and reliable backup method, it’s also one of the most expensive.

The Shortcomings they present to the IT

§ High Setup Costs – Installing a new tape system or SAN takes a tremendous investment. Businesses need to regularly purchase media and pay ongoing costs for system management.

§ Limit Scalability – These technology limits the scalability, in case of increased data there needs to be a re-installation of hardware and other hassles.

§ Potential Media Issues – While they resist physical damage, they gradually wear down over time. Most tape cartridges have a rated storage life of 20-30 years in perfect conditions, but factors like humidity and temperature can cause potentially serious media issues.

§ Slow Access Speeds – They do not provide the level of accessibility that today’s businesses long for. In current conditions we need everything at our disposal quickly. To locate the files that you are looking for could be a nerve-wrecking task in these set-ups.

Cloud Backup

Cloud backup refers to taking a regular copy of your data and send it over to another remote location over the internet in order to retrieve the important data in case of any loss in the future. cloud backup data is stored in and accessible from multiple distributed and connected resources that comprise a cloud.

3-2-1 Rule

The rule which is now renowned as the best practice that organizations should follow in order to keep their data safe. IT states that you should have three copies of your data, being backed up on two different types of storage at all times, and have at least one copy of the data offsite, away from production data.

Taking in account the instruction this rule brings forth, it is nearly Impossible to achieve with those unhandy tapes and hard drives without giving a hit to the core IT activities.

This is where cloud backup services can give you an edge by providing a separate and off-site target for your company’s important data simultaneously and at a reasonable price.

Perks that Cloud Backup brings

· Offsite backup

· Multi-factor authentication

· Encryption

· Role based access

· Alerting

· Delayed delete

Given the advantages that Cloud backup has over traditional backup methods, it is now on us to take a leap forward and accept this solution that not only makes your data and backup management easier but let’s you take a deep breath in this cyber-attack prone conditions, where the landscape of cyber related theft and crimes is increasing day by day. While the cyber criminals, technical complexities and natural causes may make it difficult to manage your precious data Backup, cloud backup with its most advanced security features and improving by the minute capabilities has your back when you really need it.

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