There are a lot of cloud vendors floating around the online world these days. That has never been so clear to me as it was last week, when VaultLogix exhibited at the Cloud Expo in New York City. It was amazing to see just how many cloud vendors there were, all focused on different business needs. In fact, we were one of 5 cloud backup providers at the conference. It was daunting to realize just how many choices we all have when it comes to the cloud.
That’s why we came up with 7 things you should consider before you choose a cloud backup provider.
Moving Your Data to the Cloud
30% of SMBs are using online backup and another 14% are planning to implement it in thenext 6 months. It’s incredible how quickly the market is growing, but more incredible is how much further it still has to go. I say that because 75% of SMBs do not have a disaster recovery plan. You’d think those are one and the same, but in fact, they are not.
Backing up your data to the cloud does not mean you have a disaster recovery plan for said data. Take, for example, the businesses that did not read my recent blog post, Cloud Backup vs. Online Storage: What’s the Difference?, and chose to work with an online storage vendor instead of a cloud backup provider. When disaster strikes, they go to recover their data only to find out that either they can’t or it will take a really long time to do. You may be thinking that I am making this up, but VaultLogix really does get calls from potential clients who had this exact situation happen.
BUT you can avoid making this same mistake by taking into consideration several things that will keep you from choosing the wrong backup provider.
Let’s break it down.
#1. Security. If you remember, I’ve reviewed cloud security before in the post, How Secure is your Critical Business Data?, and you should therefore remember that it is a top consideration for choosing a solution provider. You want to make sure that the company you choose to work with not only uses 256-bit encryption, but they offer the highest level of data center protection, Tier 4, and can help you meet your industries regulatory board requirements.
#2. Performance and Versatility. The advent of faster Internet speeds and advances in data compression and deduplication have enable many providers to offer faster backups and restores with no restrictions on bandwidth. Beware of the cloud storage trap! Cloud storage providers often restrict upload rates, which can slow backups to a crawl, making data backup and recovery nearly impossible.
#3. Pricing Structure. As a new home owner, I understand better than anyone the need to be able to balance service with cost. I can’t afford to pay for things I’m not using, and I’m sure, neither can you. That’s why you need to consider how you are going to be charged. Make sure you only get charged for the amount of data uploaded, stored, downloaded, and the number and types of requests for backups and restores. Beware of companies that try to charge you for every file you access, which includes what you read, write, and open on top of per-gigabyte and download charges.
Check Back Next Week…
Check back next week when I will give you the final 4 considerations for choosing a cloud backup provider AND a free whitepaper outlining the details neatly, in one place.
Until then, you can join us Thursday, June 20th, as 12 PM EST to learn more about choosing the right kind of backup for your data needs. Before you can choose a provider, you have to know the Difference kinds of Backup for Different Kinds of Data.