To the cloud!
The Gartner Group defines the cloud as “a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT capabilities are delivered as a service to consumers using Internet technologies.” The consumers can be internal or external and although the awareness of cloud computing is now widespread; in fact many organizations have been using hybrid cloud technologies for years.
Every time a remote office user access their company email, housed at headquarters, they are using the private cloud. When that same user logs onto his 3rd party hosted ERP software, he’s using the public cloud. Software as a Service, Platform as a Service, Hosted Email, online backup … the list of cloud offerings is seemingly endless and many are quite mature.
Why the new hype over the cloud when the services have been around for years? You might say the stars are aligning to give service providers the tools they need to provide that scalability. Technology standardization and most importantly, virtualization, have given vendors the flexibility to bring consumers the computing power, network speeds, storage and security they need at prices they can afford. Now more than ever users can focus on function rather than form.
So how can your company take advantage of the cloud? A natural place to begin is data backup and recovery. By utilizing cloud-based backup, you instantly protect your data from local disaster as soon as the backup completes. Add offsite recovery and you are able to run your business through the cloud. With today’s rapid data growth and government and industry regulations driving longer retentions, costs of backup storage can quickly add up. Combine that with the cost of a traditional hot site recovery contract plus the ancillary costs of the logistics required to put the people in place to perform recoveries whether for tests or a true disaster, and pretty soon cloud-based backup and recovery makes sound economic sense.
But is your data safe in the cloud? Consider this: with Data Storage Corporation’s DSC/DR solution, online backup data is transmitted through encrypted Internet tunnels to secure vaults without human intervention. Furthermore, the data itself is encrypted before transmission, preventing even vault administrators from accessing the data and the vaults are highly secured at every layer of the architecture. Traditional hard copy backups taken offsite for safekeeping, whether tape or disk, are rarely encrypted and as we’ve seen time and again in the news, vulnerable to theft.
If the benefits of cloud-based backup are something you would like to bring to your business, contact Data Storage Corporation today for more information and begin your journey to the cloud!