Solving data protection challenges for companies operating out of multiple locations
Laptops VOIP, the Internet, and other technologies have made it easier and more profitable than ever for companies to spread out their operations over a large geographic area. For smaller businesses, this offers several benefits in terms of reduced costs, flexibility and improved access to customers & prospects.
However, organizations operating out of multiple remote locations also face some special challenges when it comes to data protection. In response to these challenges, many companies are taking advantage of the benefits that cloud-based backup offers when it comes to simplifying the protection remote locations:
Too often, companies will only back up data from the central office and leave the other remote locations to handle their own backups. Unfortunately, these remote offices often lack the proper formal IT training to perform backups properly and consistently. This can lead to serious data loss in the event of a virus, computer theft, server crash or other disaster.
Also, since there is no centralized backup storage, the emergency recovery process can be very slow, cumbersome and error-prone. This can cause a lot of expensive problems for your company.
Cloud backup helps eliminate much of this by allowing IT administrators to manage all remote computers, individually or in groups, through a centralized management portal. And in case of a virus, crash, or other data loss event, recovery is faster and easier.
Ease of Use
Another advantage is that cloud-based backup solutions are usually fully automated. This eliminates the possibility that employees might forget to run the nightly backup or accidentally damage storage media.
If your employees ever need to recover their data in an emergency, these cloud backup systems have simple interfaces that make the recovery process easy enough so that (in most cases) it can be done without the assistance of technical support.
Even though most cloud backup systems are easy to use, you can never be too safe when it comes to emergency preparedness. When looking for a cloud backup provider, try to pick one that offers live phone support. If you need to recover data quickly in an emergency, you don’t want to wait 12 hours for an email response.
Better Privacy and Security
Finally, because of information privacy regulations, companies now need more control over the privacy and integrity of their business data. Unencrypted backup tapes and CDs can get stolen, leading to potential privacy breaches. This is why so many companies are opting for the advanced security features provided by cloud backup companies. Especially with travelling laptop users, you can’t always trust the integrity of their networks while on the road. Try to find a provider that not only encrypts the data during transmission, but also allows the end-user to encrypt the files using a private password that isn’t known to the backup company.
If your company operates out of multiple remote locations or has a lot of traveling laptop users, you’ll want to look into a cloud backup solution to protect your critical business data.
About The Author: Storagepipe Solutions provides backup software and email archiving systems for organizations operating out of multiple remote locations.