The Importance of Cloud Backup for Your Business

The Importance of Cloud Backup for Your Business

Data backup is one of those tenants of good technology practices, but its not always done the way it should be.

In a perfect world, all your business data would be backed up in a way that makes it available, no matter what may happen to your physical office or where you may need your data restored.

That’s the goal of reliable backup and data recovery. But unfortunately, too many companies aren’t backing up data they way they should, which includes backing up to the cloud.

They mistakenly believe that a hard drive or on-premises server backup is “good enough,” but then find out the hard way that keeping their data backup on site leaves them vulnerable. A lot of organisation using Office 365 are also under the impression that Microsoft is backing up their data in the cloud. This is not the case, and a third party product is required to backup all of your Office 365 Services such as Email Mailboxes, Microsoft Teams, SharePoint and OneDrive. If you want to learn more on why Office 365 is NOT backup, download our ebook here.

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Learn why it’s vital to include cloud backups in your business continuity planning to protect your business and prevent costly downtime.

Why You Need Cloud Backup

There are a number of potential data loss incidents that could impact any data stored on-premises, including:

  • Wildfire or other natural disaster
  • Flood
  • Equipment theft
  • Storm or power outage
  • Hard drive crash
  • Ransomware attack

It only takes one of those events to completely wipe out data on your devices and on any on-premises backup disk. This makes it vital to be backing up all your data to the cloud so it’s available no matter what.

Cloud backups also are generally more secure than on-premises because software providers use redundant systems in their datacentres to ensure client data is protected and available at all times.

They also use protections that go above and beyond what most small and mid-sized Sydney businesses can provide, such as 24/7 surveillance, on-site security guards, and enterprise-class security systems.

Here’s why and how you need to be using cloud backup for all your business data.

Disaster Recovery

Just one flood, fire, or theft, can cause your on-premises data to be gone for good. If you don’t have a cloud backup in place, then there’s a good chance you’ll never recover your data.

Data loss incidents can be devastating to businesses and take years to recover from.

Cloud backup not only is vital to disaster recovery, it can also help you recover from an incident much faster. Using a cloud backup and recovery, you can have data restored to any device in any location, allowing you to be back up and running shortly after a disaster.

Cloud Backup for On Premises Servers

If you’re using a cloud server to run on-premises software and as a central file storage location, if you lost that server, you could be down for quite a while trying to recover.

A hard drive crash or software conflict can both cause servers to lose files, and if they’re not backed up, it may be hard to recover them.

Any on-premises server should be backed up to the cloud to prevent that data, software, and other files from being lost.

Microsoft Office 365 Cloud to Cloud Backup

One mistake many businesses make is to not back up their cloud application data from Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft notes in its services agreement that users should backup their cloud data in a 3rd party backup and recovery platform.

Data in Microsoft 365 can be unavailable due to an outage, infected with ransomware, or lost due to malicious or accidental deletion.

Microsoft Office 365 also has file retention policies that not many users understand. For example, if you delete a user and don’t transfer that user’s files, they’ll be purged from your account in 30-days and lost if they’re not backed up.

Cloud storage like OneDrive is not the same as a cloud backup and recovery, which will make sure files aren’t overwritten or deleted. With more of a company’s data residing in cloud platforms like Microsoft Office 365, it’s vital this data is backed up safely.

All Device Data (Computer & Mobile)

Mobile devices now make up about 60% of the endpoints in a company. Yet, many companies aren’t properly backing up those mobile devices.

Companies now also have employees working both at the office and remotely from home, and those remote workers have devices that also hold company data.

When you use a cloud backup and recovery system, you can ensure that all devices are being backed up properly, no matter where they are. This is a vital safety net to make sure your have a copy of all your business data, no matter what may happen to any of those individual endpoints.

Put the “Gold Standard” of Backup & Recovery In Place at Your Office

GKM2 can help you put the gold standard of cloud backup and recovery in place at your business. This means all your data, no matter where it is, being backed up securely to a cloud solution.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Call +61 2 9161 7171 or reach out online.