Cloud-Storage-Backup-SMEsData is the heart of any organisation and storing and backing up this data is a key part of a business strategy. More and more, small and medium-sized businesses are now embracing cloud technology for both storage and backup as it can offer significant benefits like greater accessibility and reliability, rapid deployment, strong protection for data backup and disaster recovery as well as lower storage costs.

Cloud Storage refers to files which are stored directly to the cloud. One obvious model for cloud storage is Microsoft Office 365/SharePoint/OneDrive where files are created and stored directly to a cloud environment. The above allows synchronisation of cloud files to local devices in case the need arise to work “offline”.

Benefits include:

  • Teams collaboration on the same ‘one true’ document avoid several versions flying around the organisation.
  • Data centre arranged backups as part of its Disaster Recovery plan.

Cloud backup refers to a model where an organisation will save files to their local on-site server and then backs up files to the cloud, typically with a set retention policy. Cloud backups are fast replacing traditional expensive onsite tape drives/libraries. Microsoft Azure Backups has fast gained popularity due to its built-in integration and pay-as-you-go model with Windows server 2008 R2/2012.

Benefits include:

  • Data located in a remote location. Many SMEs are still storing tape backups in the same building as their servers
  • Flexibility in growth. No need for a new expensive tape drive when your data exceeds its limitation

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