Published 31 January 2018 Category: Entrepreneurs, SMEs, Startups, Business

The Pros and Cons of Cloud Storage for Small Business

Backing up your company’s data in the cloud can improve your security and make it easier to recover data in the event of a catastrophic loss. It can also save you money in some cases.

However, there are some downsides that need to be considered. Here are the top pros and cons of cloud storage for small businesses.

The Advantages of Cloud Storage
One of the main reasons why small businesses choose to store their data in the cloud is that it is easier and cheaper to recover in the event of a disaster, such as a fire or flood that damages or destroys equipment. The system can be set up so that data is automatically backed up to the cloud. If a disaster occurs, it is much less expensive to retrieve data stored in the cloud than through other means.

Most businesses do back up their data, but some of the methods that are typically used are unreliable. For example, the tapes that are often used will all eventually fail. If your company loses data because of a fire, natural disaster, or equipment failure, you may turn to your tapes to recover your data, only to find that the data did not get backed up correctly. If that happens, the results could be disastrous for your business.

USB drives are not necessarily more reliable. They can malfunction, making it impossible for you to recover the data. In addition, they can be damaged by a fire or flood or compromised by heat or mishandling. The data can also be damaged or erased by a virus or by a disgruntled employee.

The safest way to back up your data is to have it saved in the cloud. That way, it will be available even if a natural disaster destroys the physical equipment that is used to store the primary copies of the data.

The Downsides of Cloud Storage
One drawback of cloud storage is that it requires an internet connection to work. If you lose an internet connection, you will be unable to back up your data and access your data if data restore is necessary until the connection is restored.

You should have a backup plan in case there is a problem with your ISP. It is recommended that you have, in addition to your cloud backup, your data be backed up to a local network attached storage device or a Disaster Recovery computer that is located at your office. This will give you two forms of backup, so in the event that your Internet connection is down, the backups will still occur locally and once the Internet connection is restored, the backups will be sent to the cloud. The choice will depend on how much capital your company has available to invest.

Is Cloud Storage Right for Your Small Business?
Cloud storage has revolutionised the way many small businesses operate. It can enhance security and make it easier for data to be recovered in the event of a disaster. It can also save businesses’ money.