These answers should provide a better picture of what is involved with a switch to a cloud backup solution. Given the reliability, cost savings and ease of operation associated with cloud data backup, many companies are now moving to the cloud.
The reasons include:
- Ability to leverage existing infrastructure: A cloud backup and recovery solution doesn’t require buying or installing expensive equipment as it takes advantage of your existing corporate network
- Set it and forget it: once you select a backup schedule, company data is saved automatically, providing a transparent solution
- Tape backup shortcomings: tape backups are often expensive, vulnerable to obsolescence and can be lost or stolen when being transported off-site
- Improved recovery time objectives: by using a managed backup service, the speed and reliability of your recovery and restore will be governed through your SLA
- Smarter use of IT resources: a cloud backup and recovery solution will allow your business to redirect IT resources to more pressing challenges within your organization
- Backup Lifecycle Management: a cloud backup and recovery solution aligns the value of your data with the cost of protecting it.
As the value of your data declines over time the cost of protecting it also declines providing you with additional cost savings Your company will continue to assume liability for data security, even when shifting backup responsibility to a cloud backup service provider. You should expect that your service provider enables you to continue to keep a local copy of your most recent backups in case you get disconnected from the cloud. Your cloud backup service provider will also need to demonstrate that it has multiple data centers in order to ensure your data will be protected by an appropriate amount of infrastructure redundancy.
These data centers should also be geographically diverse in order to increase reliability in case of a natural disaster or power outage. Along with a Disaster Recovery Plan, your service provider should also be able to demonstrate a Business Continuity Plan that outlines how it will handle a variety of contingencies.
After selecting files, your cloud backup software platform de-duplicates and compresses data in order to reduce transfer time. It is then encrypted at your site before transmission, and during transmission to your cloud backup service provider, where it remains encrypted. The only key for decryption resides with you, ensuring that the off-premise (cloud) backup and recovery solution is as safe and secure as an on premise data backup and recovery system.
Since your company data will be transferred via the Internet, the encryption standard used by a service provider is of critical importance. Your service provider should be using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) along with FIPS 140-2 certification, which provides third-party validation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS 140-2 is the highest level of trusted third party certification available and indicates that the encryption has been implemented correctly in a way which cannot be defeated.
Over the last decade, cloud backup, recovery and restore (BURR) options have emerged as a secure, cost-effective and reliable method of safeguarding the increasing amounts of corporate information being generated daily. But switching to a cloud-based backup system is a significant decision that requires a clear understanding of how such a solution will integrate into your business. This document addresses the most common questions that companies are asking about cloud backup and will help you determine what role a cloud BURR solution can have in your business. This document addresses the most common concerns and questions that companies face when choosing a cloud backup service