The term "cloud storage" is thrown around a lot these days. If you have an iPhone, then you will have heard the term iCloud (which is Apple's cloud storage system allowing iPhone users to store photos, messages, music and data in the cloud).
Cloud storage may cause you to think of data stored up in the sky somewhere. In reality, it is a form of data storage which is managed, maintained and backed up remotely all over the internet. Dropbox, for example, allows you to access data from anywhere at any time with a mobile device and internet connection. Since you need something bigger than Dropbox to back up your entire computer system, a network support solution is in order to provide effective, capable cloud backup service to clients like you. Just ask your managed IT services team!
Cloud backup has both pros and cons.
- Cloud backup can be automated.
- Cloud backup comes with its own maintenance. You won't have to worry about hardware maintenance, faulty hard drives, lost USB's and corrupt software.
- You receive notifications when backup has been successful.
- You'll need high-speed upload. The internet needs to be pretty savvy since your data backup happens over the remote server.
- The price goes up with the data you need to backup.
- Cloud systems could be hacked. Using a third party service provider always contains a risk. Make sure your cloud data storage provider has a disaster recovery plan in place.
Is your IT managed services team in the know about cloud backup for your Atlanta business? Since they are dealing with your servers, desktops and laptops, mobile device management, switches, and routers, it's a good idea to ask them about your backup and recovery plans as well as security procedures.
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