Storage vs. Backup: What Your Business Needs to Know

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According to IDC's 2015 Business Continuity Study, the majority of small businesses report an annual IT budget of up to $20,000 with approximately 14 percent being committed toward business continuity. Small businesses' limited budgets and resources make cloud-enabled tools more attractive – especially those that are easy to use. However, small businesses still have the same challenges as larger enterprises and need enterprise-grade features to help ensure recovery time objectives (RTO), tiered storage and compliance.

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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