If you have been thinking about a better way to handle your system backup you should consider cloud based backup. Cloud based backup services are a smart choice for many small businesses because they offer an easy, secure way to get backup data off site. This is a key part of any disaster recovery plan.

Some typical ways to do cloud based backup include:

  • The easiest way to start backing up to the cloud is to use a full service cloud backup service provider. A full service provider will provide software and cloud based storage. The software is loaded on each PC or server you need to back up. You configure the software to begin backing up your data and set up automatic billing. This is a simple way to handle a smaller system.
  • A gateway vendor will provide on-site backup hardware, software plus cloud storage. You data will be backed up to a disk appliance (the cloud gateway device) located at your business and then synchronized to cloud based storage. The vendor will provide all of the hardware and software required to do this, including the appliance and the cloud based storage. This approach makes it possible to handle larger volumes of data.
  • A third approach is to use a limited service vendor to provide the backup software and contract separately with another cloud storage vendor such as Amazon. This can be a cost effective approach for larger systems.

Four key issues with cloud based backup are: the amount of data to be backed up, the speed of your internet connection, how the first backup will be handled and how restores will be handled. These issues are interrelated because a small data set or fast internet connection means that neither of the other two issues will pose a problem. If you have a larger system or a slow internet connection then you need to understand how the initial backup will be performed and how restores will be handled.

If you have questions about cloud based backup contact Jim Stern at jstern@dsb-cpa.com .


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