Storage vs. Backup: What Your Business Needs to Know

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Cloud Backup Offers Peace of Mind

Several key features of cloud backup make it worthwhile for small-to-midsized businesses. Here are a few of the lesser known, but most important, benefits cloud backup can offer your business.

  • Automation: Regularly and automatically backing up files and scanning for changes made to existing files
  • Versioning: Earlier versions of files are kept safe, which means if you write over the file, the original can still be recovered.
  • Encryption: Files are often encrypted before being saved to a cloud. This is a feature that helps keep business data safe.

Many small-to-midsized businesses use cloud storage, like DropBox, Box, etc., because it's convenient, easy to use, and often free. However, some business owners and IT professionals have learned the hard way that cloud storage does not necessarily ensure business continuity in the face of disaster. In fact, some have found that cloud storage is susceptible even to human error, like writing over a file or deleting a file by mistake.

While there are benefits to cloud storage, small businesses should instead focus on procuring solutions that help keep their mission-critical data secure and serve as part of a comprehensive business continuity strategy. About 72 percent of small businesses will be investing in business continuity solutions in the next 12 to 24 months, according to research firm IDC. Yet understanding the differences between storage and backup is a hurdle many small business owners will need to navigate before making the investment.

In this slideshow, Carbonite's Chief Marketing Officer, Nina McIntyre, will demystify the benefits and limitations of cloud storage versus cloud backup and explain how each will impact your business.

 

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