The benefits are endless…
The Cloud is fantastic. There are thousands of different flavours and operatives of Cloud-based services to choose from; providing you with a protected, flexible and agile working atmosphere to truly work from anywhere.
Wherever we choose to work, we’ll have issues with our data safety, privacy and backup. You could have the most sophisticated Cloud infrastructure and still be vulnerable to tomorrow’s cyber-attack.
Therefore, we will always need a wide-ranging backup, irrespective of the type of IT we use.
…but it’s not a dependable backup.
As we’ve already documented, the Cloud is an IT concept that delivers great independence for the modern workplace. However, many wrongly assume that by working from the Cloud and by no longer having their data sat on a local physical disk or server that they can see, their data is secure and backed-up as standard. This regrettably isn’t the case.
It is a common misunderstanding that taking the single copy of your file data from that old office server and storing that copy within OneDrive or Google Drive will cure all your backup griefs.
The use of popular Cloud services, such as Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s Apps environment, provide only a single storage location for your data and do not backup your files as standard.
So, we need a local copy?
We’re not saying step back in time and change your working methods to old fashioned ones through fear of having multiple copies of your data.
In fact, by physically cloning files and storing copies in multiple locations will only create chaos in the backup structure & run without any automated schedule.
From a backup viewpoint, working from the Cloud as a single location for your file data, should be treated with the same consideration of having a file server in the office still. In-line with the best practice of the ‘3-2-1 rule’, it’s strongly advised to run a professional backup service to replicate that data to at least one (if not two!) alternative independent location.
What services should we use to Backup our Data?
There are reliable services available that integrate directly into Cloud platforms, such as Office 365 and GoogleApps, and automatically backup all your file data (and even things like emails) to an substitute encrypted Cloud-based storage location.
Your team benefit from the ability to continue to work as they always have, with peace of mind that should they suffer a loss, corruption or failure of the company’s chosen Cloud service, that file data can be stored quickly.
We can help
If you have any concerns about your IT, data security or backup & disaster recovery, please don’t hesitate to contact us.