What Is Cloud Backup and How Does It Work?

Have you been searching for a way to make your business operations run more smoothly? Are you struggling to find the best method to protect and restore your business’ data and other digital assets? If so, cloud backup services could be right for you.

As one of New Zealand’s leading IT companies, Dynamite IT knows first hand the importance of streamlining your workflow so you can focus on getting the job done. We help businesses of all sizes optimise cloud backup services to fit their specific needs. 

Below you’ll find a few of the ways cloud backup solutions can streamline operations and help you focus on what’s important. This same technology is used by businesses all over the world and quickly becoming the norm as it replaces physical on-site systems. Let’s take a look.

What Is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup services allow you to save and access files on a remote server maintained by a third party in the most straightforward sense. Utilising the cloud enables companies to forego more traditional backup solutions, like thumb drives, external hard drives, and large, bulky servers on-site. Instead, users onsite gain access to their company’s cloud storage via computer or online applications, ensuring you can back up and restore files as needed without worrying about keeping physical backups (and powering them—a considerable expense on its own).

Because you don’t own the cloud server you are utilising, you don’t have to worry about maintenance costs or power expenses. The service provider will only charge you based on their plans, usually centered on the amount of space you’ll be using. In that sense, cloud storage is a hands-off and always-on solution for business owners. 

Why Choose Cloud Backup Services?

While cloud backup solutions can scale to fit any business size, their advantages are most effective for small businesses. Besides simplifying your IT infrastructure, each advantage also helps reduce costs in some way. The most significant benefits you can utilise through cloud backup include:

  • Enhanced security against bad actors. With data breaches becoming and ransomware attacks becoming increasingly common, you may be concerned about keeping your vital data secure. Using cloud backup alongside any other backup plans you have creates multiple instances of the same data, keeping it safe should one example be compromised. 
  • Protection against accidents. Storing your backup in the cloud keeps your files safe should something unplanned happen to your local storage options. Such events can range from accidental deletion by an employee to power outages caused by storms and other natural disasters. 
  • You can configure cloud backups to occur automatically. You can create your own schedule and perform backups as frequently as you like with minimal effort. By not having to do this manually, you can remain focused on work.
  • Access and manage your backup anywhere. Because you access your cloud backup online, you don’t need to be onsite at your business to access the files. You will always have access when you want and wherever you are. 
  • Your backup solution quickly grows with your business. Cloud service providers make their money in part by providing storage space, so they’re always able to sell you more space as your needs grow. As a result, expanding your storage will have a more negligible cost than buying your own servers. 

Is Cloud Storage the Same as Cloud Backup?

You’re probably already familiar with cloud storage. Cloud storage has become so common that consumer options like iCloud and OneDrive come preinstalled on most computers and smartphones. However, while the two are related, they aren’t the same, and you shouldn’t use them interchangeably. 

The design of cloud storage allows users to want to access their files frequently. The stored files may still be backups, but they usually have to be added to storage manually. Also, cloud storage services tend to be less secure than cloud backup because they only intend to act as an extension of your local storage. 

Compare that to cloud backups, which make security a top priority to ensure customer satisfaction and safety. Cloud backup servers will encrypt your file both during transfer and storage for comprehensive protection. Rarely is this true for cloud storage.

An important feature of cloud backup not found in cloud storage is file versioning. For example, say that a file gets corrupted, and you need to restore it to a previous version. File versioning allows you to access each version of the file you previously backed up. 

While both services can work together, cloud storage is a poor substitute for cloud backup. Storage may be the cheaper option, but it isn’t optimal for creating backups or restoring files. Instead, storage is much better suited for sharing files. 

Dynamite IT Can Help

Whether you’re looking at integrating cloud backup into your business, need a New Zealand business number, or general IT services, Dynamite IT is here to help. We’re always at the forefront of new information technologies and implementing them into your business best.

As a Wellington based business ourselves, we understand the needs of local businesses. We have tailored our range of managed products and IT services to take the hassle out of your business infrastructure. Our response time is fast as we are based in Lower Hutt and service the Wellington region including Upper Hutt, Wellington CBD, Porirua City and Kapiti Coast.

Dynamite IT believes in building streamlined IT systems that run so smoothly that you forget they’re there in the background. On top of professional IT systems, we also provide expert IT support to ensure you never feel alone. For a local team that can help with everything from 0800 numbers to web design, we are the IT experts you can trust and rely on – give us a call today.

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