Securely backing up company information is crucial in ensuring that valuable data isn’t lost or compromised. While an organization can use internal resources for this task, in many cases a managed cloud engagement is more efficient. Here are key advantages of using a managed services vendor to provide cloud-based backup of corporate information.
Companies know data backup is necessary. According to the 2016 Security Multi-Client Study by Keypoint Intelligence-InfoTends, 77% of organizations with 100 or more employees say that data protection is very or extremely important to their organization. Another 19% deem it “important.”
But companies don’t always perform data backup consistently. Using a managed cloud provider for backup, however, can provide continuous coverage for any or all applications, files, records, settings, and other data within your business. Cloud backup services complement any in-house efforts to back up IT systems.
In addition to continuous backup, a managed services provider can deliver effective backup to ensure that files aren’t just duplicated consistently, but in a manner that preserves their original integrity. Their expertise in the area of data backup and security can be leveraged to guarantee that files are accurately and adequately copied.
Businesses today are expecting straightforward and transparent pricing. Managed cloud services enable companies to know their costs upfront, helping them devise and adhere to IT budgets. Under the service agreement, if they use a certain amount of services and maintenance, they’ll pay a fixed amount of money. This contrasts with transactional purchases where costs may be volatile or unpredictable until a later stage in the purchasing process.
Fewer Internal Resources Required
Using a managed cloud services provider for data backup means that organizations can devote their internal IT staff to other important initiatives. For instance, these employees can focus on IT support and developing customized productivity applications for the business. Smaller businesses in particular may find the added help lets them better concentrate on their day-to-day jobs. Furthermore, outsourcing backup services means that less time is required for training IT staff on the details of backup and recovery operations.
Managed services providers can quickly react to client requests for added backup capacity and capability. That’s because they have built out their IT infrastructure to excess capacity, knowing that at any time their customers may require more resources. Without a managed cloud arrangement, businesses may need to purchase expensive servers, networks, and technical personnel to add newly required backup bandwidth.
- The overwhelming majority (96%) of businesses acknowledge that data protection is very important or extremely important to their organization, even if they don’t always perform the appropriate level of data protection and backup.
- A managed cloud services provider can deliver continuous, comprehensive, and secure backup through its robust technological infrastructure and expertise in the form of servers, networks, and technical experts.
- In addition to expertise and capability, managed cloud services enables organizations to know their data backup costs ahead of time, scale backup services up or down as needed, and focus on their core areas of strength.