Every business should have good cloud storage and backup solutions to reduce the risk of data loss. Data loss can cost a business thousands, it results in you losing important customer information and over time, can result in the business taking a financial knock as you try and compile all the information you have collected over the years.
When choosing this type of solution for your business, there are a number of important factors which must be taken into consideration. The first is the security being offered. Cloud storage is still relatively new to many business owners and it’s a risk to rely on the internet to keep your information safe. At the same time this offers a number of benefits, the biggest being that the information is kept off site so should your building burn down, for example, you don’t lose all your valuable information.
As with anything internet related, you are going to want to confirm that the cloud storage and backup solutions you are considering offer high quality security, ensuring your files are kept safe and secure at all times and only accessible by you using your own unique login information.
The second thing you are going to want to determine is the performance of the site. There is no point paying for a service when you cannot upload your files because of performance issues. You should have access to your files at any time of the day or night, whether you are backing up your information or trying to access information from a remote location.
This means you need a cloud storage and backup solution that will be versatile enough to meet your company’s unique requirements. Every company has different types of files and various numbers of files they need to back up on a daily basis, ensure any solution you consider meets your company’s goals and requirements.
Price is obviously going to play a big role in your decision. But don’t let price be your only deciding factor. Remember you are handing your files to someone you don’t know to keep safe for you. Safety, security, performance and versatility are a lot more important than price. Can you really put a price on the cost of keeping your information safe and helping your business should you have a disaster? On average seventy percent of companies that experience data loss will close their doors within one year.
When it comes to cloud storage and backup solutions a very important consideration is the availability of the service in your country. Many of the companies offering these services offer you hardware which you use to transmit your data to the cloud, you need to ensure this hardware is readily available in your area at a price you can afford. Always ensure that any hardware comes with a guarantee to keep your business safe and secure at all times.
Before you decide on any cloud storage and backup solution, take your time in deciding the number of files you will be storing. Smaller companies obviously have fewer files than a large corporation. You may also want to decide if files are automatically stored or if you have to manually do your backup each day. Automated is safer and reduces the risk of losing data when you forget to upload the information.
The final step in choosing the right cloud storage and backup solution is to choose a reputable supplier that will provide you with ongoing support. The supplier should regularly test the system to ensure optimum performance at all times.