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Backing up data is an essential task no company can afford to ignore. If something goes wrong with hardware or software, or if an attack is launched, and the network is compromised and records potentially lost, a company might find it hard to recover.
Thankfully, the difficult and costly task of backing up data is now so much easier, and cheaper. Gone are the days when you needed to have lots of servers and tapes to store customer data, records and other information. This time-consuming and often complex process has been now mostly eliminated with the introduction of cloud backup services.
Cloud backup services make the task seamless, automatic and pain-free, leaving you to get on with the job of running your company, having the peace of mind in knowing your data is being regularly backed up and protected. The other significant advantage of backing up to the cloud is that you can access your files — no matter where you are — as long as you have an internet connection. Let's take a look at some of the best cloud backup services for business.
OneDrive for Business
Chances are your company already uses several Microsoft products, for email, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more, including the latest version of the Windows operating system. So why not integrate them into a cloud solution from Microsoft — OneDrive for Business?
You can upload files up to 100GB and sync everything, create links that are shareable, add sensitivity labels and much more. Now, instead of working alone in a Word document, for example, anyone in your company or even outside it can work on the doc, at the same time and in real-time. It's the smart, new way of working, and all incredibly secure.
Google offers more free storage space with its cloud storage offering. While Google Drive has a lower-cost storage capacity of 2TB, you can back up from an unlimited number of devices. It's a good cloud backup option for business if you use Google Office software, such as Docs and Sheets — which are cloud-based anyway — as your work and records will be automatically saved in the online drive as you work. The service offers 24/7 support and promises a one-hour response time for critical issues.
Microsoft's Azure Backup is simpler to enable than many other services that offer backup to the cloud. It's also extremely cost-effective and you can back up with just a click. Azure lets you encrypt your data and store it in the cloud for as long as you want, and you can manage everything from the Azure backup-management portal.
This popular cloud-backup solution is part of the Azure cloud offering, and companies that use it find it's already built into the platform, so there's not a lot more to do, in terms of configuration. Security is a vital aspect of Azure, and Microsoft says it invests over $1 billion a year on research into cybersecurity and employs over 3,500 security experts to help keep everything secure.
Datto says its cloud backup service is an insurance policy for your data and it provides what it calls an all-in-one business continuity solution that makes companies resistant to disasters like losing your data. That's just what you need.
Its SIRIS backup offering provides backups that are verified and the ability to restore data no matter what happens as well as protection from ransomware. Plus, you can choose where your data resides from any one of Datto's data servers around the world.
Businesses looking for a quick and simple backup option can consider Dropbox. This option is downloaded as an app and it's a mere matter of dropping files you want to back up into it. Files can easily be shared with anyone, including those who don't have the app, and all file types are accepted so that you won't have any problem with compatibility. For a small fee, you get access to 100GB of storage and there's no limit on the number of users.
These are cloud backup services for businesses from the big internet companies, but there are lots of other backup services available from much smaller and sometimes local firms. Others include Backblaze, which is affordable while having no capacity limit; Carbonite, a service that allows you to back up from as many devices as you want; and SOS Online Backup, which supports servers as well as an unlimited amount of devices.
Worried about backups for your business and not sure which service to use? Get a free consultation with IT experts ITRM and find out all you need to know so that you’re protected at all times.