Cloud can be defined as computing resources that are remote to you and you can use them by your internet connection you use at home or work. Cloud backup and online backup are definitely two expressions having the same meaning. To backup a business on cloud means to backup securely the business data to remote secure locations through your company internet connection.
Usually a backup software will be installed to a server or to a computer that will first compress the selected data to backup, encrypt them and send them to the remote location securely. Once the worst is happen, the company can recover its data to the primary location or to any other location they choose to do so.
Every conscious person today has a kind of backup on usbs, tapes and hard drives but its always a point of time that they experience a data loss based on hardware failure or are not able to restore data they thought they could.
Backup on cloud to a reliable service provider you can restore anytime in between various versions of your files. Also you don’t even buy or own the technology but you pay monthly services based on the GBs you backup on the cloud. This gives the opportunity to computer users to allow the specialists behind the scene to manage the technology and reinsure that their data are received consistently and securely.
Backup on cloud is like you have a readymade platform for disaster recovery in a really low cost compare of a company that builds their own disaster recovery platform. The platform on cloud is tried and tested compare to a platform that will build and run specifically for one company and its tested poorly. Maintenance costs for hardware are not an issue for a company once they outsource their backup to a service provider on cloud.
Cloud backup is a fairly new concept that is already adopted by Americans and slowly most off the European companies are moving towards that direction. Cypriots are a bit more reluctant and they use the cloud for certain distinct tasks such as using the hotmail or Yahoo mail. Its always a matter of good information, trust and allow the public to see the benefits that cloud has to offer that will make the people to trust it and slowly moved that direction.
This also has to do with our culture here in Cyprus of not trusting easily new technologies. A lot of people here in Cyprus have still difficulties to grasp and understand the concept of “Cloud” since are used to keep their data on their computers and they have that fear now where are their files stored. Trusting cloud for Cypriots and for any culture its always based how easily can trust and use new technologies.
Through the last years I have consulted many organizations related to the cloud backup for disaster recovery and once Cypriots understand how much more secure can be using the cloud and how much their cost will be reduced they move towards the cloud and never look back. I have consulted companies from the Hotel, Telecommunication and Education and leisure industry and the cloud platform is there for any type of client, its secure , reliable and most of all cheap for the customer but build on first class technology.
Cloud Backup is secure as every other technology depends on which provider they choose to use. There are clouds that are less and clouds that are more secure and it really depends on the infrastructure that each provider is using. Deciding your Cloud backup provider today its a critical decision and sometimes it’s a choice you have to make based on the infrastructure used by your provider.
Selecting your cloud backup service provider it’s an important issue since you is going to be the one to rely on your bad days when the unexpected happens.
Some of the main point you need to take into considerations are:
With the today’s economic crisis we experience moving toward the “Cloud Technology” its not a trend but a wise move. You pay for what you need, you support green computing by reducing your own costs and you allow the experts to handle technology.
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