Why does my business need Cloud-to-Cloud backup?
The challenges of 2020 gave rise to accelerated cloud adoption. For many businesses this meant pivoting to an environment that would support the new remote workforce. Those yet to begin their digital transformation had to find solutions that support collaboration and teams remotely. As a result, everyone is a little more familiar with Office 365, SharePoint and OneDrive, brilliant tools that help people connect and share resources online. Businesses new to remote working and cloud-based applications, who may still be ironing out the operational challenges, might inadvertently overlook the need to back up the data stored in the cloud, which carries a severe risk.
I thought my data was already backed up? Isn’t that an advantage of the cloud?
It’s easy to think that your cloud-based services are immune to failure, but it can happen and in the event of data loss, who is responsible? It may surprise you to learn that while Microsoft offers a very comprehensive and secure service, they don’t technically backup your data and the responsibility rests entirely with you. While it’s unlikely that your data could be compromised, if the unthinkable happened, it could leave you wishing you’d opted for a Cloud-to-Cloud backup option that allows you to get back to Business as Usual as seamlessly as possible.
What is Cloud-to-Cloud backup?
Cloud-to-cloud backup is a service provided by a third-party supplier that backs up your cloud-hosted data in another cloud. This adds an extra layer of redundancy, as, unlike a manual backup, it’s not stored on-site. If your data is compromised or accidentally destroyed, you can restore vital files and items quickly and easily. It doesn’t require site access and can be accessed remotely; all you need is an internet connection and your IT provider can take care of the rest.
What are the benefits of Cloud-to-Cloud backup?
- With a Cloud-to-Cloud backup service, you’re mitigating risk and ensuring a crucial area of disaster recovery is covered.
- You can assure your stakeholders and your customers that their data is stored securely and compliantly.
- You don’t have to manage and service expensive on-site infrastructure that supports data backup because it’s hosted securely in the cloud.
- It’s a more flexible service than a manual backup, which is essentially a local copy of data on-site that would have to be migrated back to the platform in the event of data loss, again expending time and resources.
What are the risks of not having Cloud-to-Cloud backup?
Without it, you’re essentially handing over the control of your data to a third-party supplier and relying entirely on them to ensure your data is protected. If data became corrupted or a major outage occurred, you would have no backup plan, which could leave your business exposed. Think of it as a form of digital insurance that supports business continuity and avoids a convoluted and lengthy recovery process.
It’s also worth noting that accidental data loss caused by human error will not be covered by the cloud service provider, another compelling reason to backup cloud-hosted data. If a user makes a mistake that wipes out a data set or erases vital customer information, there’s little recourse. And of course, regardless of a watertight cybersecurity solution, it’s tough to mitigate both accidental and malicious attacks from employees who have access to your system.
The aftermath of data loss could range from reduced productivity due to spending valuable time and resources locating and repairing files and losing customers if sensitive data was affected. A severe data loss incident could spell the end for a business.
Despite your IT team’s best efforts, manual backups can fail, which could leave you unable to restore data completely, leaving businesses vulnerable to a single point of failure.
Disclosing a severe data loss can affect customer trust and your brand’s reputation. Recovering from a serious incident without a solid strategy for the future, one that actively reassures customers that you will store their data compliantly and securely, there’s little hope to salvage the relationship.
How can it work for my business?
Cloud-to-Cloud backup is an easy to roll out solution, which will not cause downtime for your business. There’s no hardware to implement, and with most platforms billed per user, you can keep an unlimited amount of data retention. You can backup all your SharePoint sites, individual users OneDrive accounts, and even Microsoft Teams, (if your business is invested in the Office 365 ecosystem, like most are). In the event of data loss, simply contact your IT provider and they will be able to recover any lost files for you to whatever location you require.
If you’re already using Office 365 and SharePoint in your organisation, it’s worth thinking about how you’d cope in the event of data loss. Does your current IT ecosystem offer the security and protection required to weather a data breach? Would you be able to get up and running quickly and maintain excellent customer service if challenging circumstances arose? If there’s hesitation in your response to any of the above, we can help your business on track.
We offer a Cloud-to-Cloud backup service that helps protect against accidental deletion and security threats using third-party backup and recovery tools. Our service ensures you meet legal and compliance requirements. This gives you peace of mind that you’ll be able to restore items and files quickly and efficiently when using Office 365 and SharePoint. To find out more about our service, or to discuss your broader security strategy, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.