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The Four Questions You Should Be Asking About “The Cloud”

In this digital age in which your business success literally depends on electronic data, you know the critical importance of backup and recovery to the Cloud. But is your system meeting your needs, or are you operating under a false sense of security that may only reveal itself after disaster strikes? Here are four questions you should be asking about the Cloud, your current IT backup system, and your organization’s ability to quickly and fully recover from a disaster.

1. Why backup to the Cloud?

Let’s begin at the beginning. Cloud technology has ushered in a new level of security, productivity and data management that just wasn’t possible under traditional systems. In fact, studies show traditional data centers allow for just 35% of new project staff time, while organizations utilizing Cloud data centers allocate 50% more IT resources to new projects. That’s because tasks, tests and maintenance that used to require months with a traditional system, now can be accomplished in just days or even hours with the Cloud. Clearly, Cloud technology accelerates business efficiency.

2. Who should you choose for your Cloud Backup and Recovery?

Even if your IT department has the capability to manage backup and recovery to the Cloud, will they have the time? Or will it prove more productive to outsource this responsibility to a third party? At first glance, it may seem that the first option will save you some money. Or will it? If you need to spend a large portion of your IT budget on operations and management of backup and recovery, you might be paying out more in the long run. By outsourcing to a third party, you can budget for a consistent investment in your business, while allowing experts who are solely dedicated to your organization’s backup and recovery to handle things for you. This, in turn, will free up your staff for tasks that actually grow your business.

3. How will you transport your backups to the Cloud?

There’s no shortage of backup and recovery solutions in the marketplace today. That’s why choosing the right one for your enterprise is so vital to your success. What should you look for? Industry experts recommend systems that are fully integrated and readily available at your business site. That way, everything you backup — from data files to applications — is recoverable in the event of a disaster. That kind of responsiveness can mean the difference between being back to business within hours, or your business struggling to survive for weeks or even months waiting for the restoration process to conclude.

4. When is a good time to make changes?

It’s human nature to be reactive. We tend to put out the fires that are in front of us right now, rather than proactively anticipating a disaster that may, or may not, occur in the future. Unfortunately, disasters do take place and they’re not always the catastrophic ones we imagine, such as a hurricane or a tornado. More often than not, they’re things like a burst pipe that floods your data center; a power surge during a thunderstorm that fries your server; even something as seemingly benign as condensation on an electrical panel can destroy your crucial data, and ultimately, your business. In the final analysis, the time to act is now.