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You might not like to think about it, but however robust your IT systems are, they’re under constant threat of disruption and downtime. Ransomware and other cyberattacks, power outages, equipment failures, and natural disasters can all take your IT systems out of the game. And as we all know, system outages are bad news for your business, causing data loss and its associated negative consequences.

It stands to reason that you absolutely must have backups of your data. If you fall victim to one of the advanced viruses that are frequently released, backups are often the only way you can restore or recover your data.

 

What is Cloud Managed Backup?

Cloud-managed backup is a service that copies your data and applications and saves a duplicate or mirror version on a secondary, off-site location. If your primary data is lost, you can retrieve the copy from your backup server, which a third-party service provider usually hosts. Providers charge for the service using a subscription model, and fees are based on storage space used, user numbers, server numbers of the number of times the data is accessed.

 

Why Cloud Managed Backup Wins Every Time

Traditionally, businesses took a DIY approach to backing up their data by manually taking and transferring copies onto a separate, on-premise server. However, backup has evolved significantly and is now available as a cloud-based service. Like most cloud services, modern backup services have several benefits that make them a clear winner over legacy approaches.

 

The advantages of cloud-managed backup include:

 

– Better cost control

Like most cloud services, cloud-managed backup services are highly cost-effective and scalable. They are charged based on how you use them and you only pay for what you need. As your business grows, you can scale your backup services to suit your needs without buying, running, and maintaining expensive new storage equipment, which means no more capital expenditure and no more technical debt.

 

– Minimises downtime

Ransomware attacks are becoming more frequent and advanced. They are so advanced that often if you are attacked and have no backup, the only way to get your data back is to pay the cybercriminals to release your files. However, with managed cloud backup, if your files are stolen and locked in a ransomware attack, you can easily use your backup data and operate as usual without paying the ransom.

 

– You don’t have to worry about compliance issues

All organisations, especially those operating in regulated industries like finance and insurance, must meet complex IT compliance requirements. When you opt for cloud-based managed backup, your service provider takes care of IT compliance, so you can focus on running your business.

 

– Reliable data recovery

With cloud backup, you have a dedicated team overseeing your service, securing your network, and monitoring threats to your data security. If your data is lost, your provider will get straight to work recovering lost files and restoring your systems.

 

If you’re considering modernising your data backup solution, visit our website to learn more about cloud-managed backup or get in touch. As Cloud specialists, we’re happy to discuss a suitable strategy for your needs.