Did you know that complexity is the most often cited reason for absence of structured data stores and disaster recovery plans? Resource constraints follow as a close second. But, complexity should not be allowed to hold you hostage in an era where structured, methodical, building block approaches to data processing and storage is becoming the order of the day. Small and medium businesses have access to a rich range of technologies for data asset management and can integrate backup, system imaging, replication and a host of other data processing features to create user friendly backup, storage and recovery systems for their organization.
Cloud backup and recovery services abstract infrastructure and software management in the cloud and leave small and medium businesses free to pursue their business goals. The complexity of the system is encapsulated and the customer does not have to delve into the complex system level or software level issues to get the system up and running.
Server virtualization, data replication and monitoring in the cloud does not demand any kind of horsepower from the businesses’ primary systems; and IT professionals in the company do not have to handle the daily operation of the backup and recovery system. Infrastructure and software maintenance become the responsibility of the cloud service provider. Backup is automated and happens continuously or as per schedule in the background, while the success or failure of the backup is logged and reported to the system administrator periodically. Failed backups generate alerts that draw the attention of the administrator, the service provider. And support personnel proactively contact the SMB to resolve any software glitches, bandwidth problems or technical issues that may arise during the process.
Leveraging cloud based backup and recovery software small and medium businesses have successfully taken data offsite with no hassles normally associated with transportation and storage of data. The applications work over the network riding on the Internet and using the bandwidth provided by the ISP. Data is de-duplicated, encrypted and transmitted as per schedules to the remote server with no wait times for backup windows. Data is stored on the server securely in an encrypted format and sophisticated, user friendly user management systems are pressed into service to ensure that only authorized and authenticated individuals are given access to the data in the stores. The physical security of the data center is ensured by the service provider and the business can leave all non core business activities to experts who know just what to do and how to do it well.
Backup, storage and recovery have never been this uncomplicated for SMBs.