When it comes to protecting their data, SMBs are always looking for ways to save resources and space while also ensuring that their files are always accessible – which is why more SMBs are considering cloud data backup services. Giving SMBs access to the same technology experts and economies of scale as large enterprises without the upfront capital investment of physical storage solutions levels the IT playing field. However, despite the many the opportunities switching to cloud based backup enables and a variety of offerings, some SMBs are still wary of the technology. To help SMBs determine whether cloud backup / recovery is right for them, Richard Berrie General Manager of Connect-IT, addresses important considerations that should enter the decision-making process.
- Initial Backup – Depending on the total amount of data to be backed up, the first full backup and/or full recovery of site data could prove to be a bit time-consuming. Look for solutions that allow you adjust backup speeds when users are away from their computers.
- Bandwidth – The business needs enough capacity to transfer files to and from the business location and the data backup service provider. Check with your ISP to verify that your data plan offers sufficient bandwidth.
- Discontinuation of the service – Termination or early-withdrawal fees, cancellation notification, and data extraction are just a few of the factors to be considered before signing with a provider.
- Cost – Pricing of cloud storage is almost always lower than setting up your own IT infrastructure. However, it is advisable to make an actual cost comparison for maintaining your own vs. using cloud storage. In doing so, be sure include not only hardware and software costs, but also costs related to space and facilities, support and maintenance fees, and adding staff.
- Maintenance & Administration – After the first full backup, maintenance and administration become someone else’s responsibility since the data is stored offsite.
- Scalability – As your business grows, data backup services allow you to buy additional storage capacity. On the other hand, storing data on your company’s own servers typically means you need to maintain a lot of excess capacity in your data storage system.
- Protection – When done right, cloud backup offers more protection than storing data on your company’s own servers. Offsite storage at a remote site in the cloud avoids risk associated with a local disaster such as a fire, flood, or theft.
- Security – Most SMBs can’t afford to upgrade security technology (data security as well as physical access) as frequently as cloud backup providers do by necessity. Is cloud backup right for you? Find out for yourself… Contact Connect-IT for a free consultation!