Cloud Computing: You Still Should Do Your Own Backup

cloud backupCloud servers provide a lot of benefits to users. You can access your data from anywhere in the world and share files between users so everyone can access the data they need when they need it. Cloud hosting also allows employees to conduct business from remote locations, so daily operations don’t stop when someone is out of the office.

Cloud computing lets you keep your business operating no matter where in the world your employees find themselves. However, even though your data is stored safely on a cloud server, this doesn’t absolve you of the responsibility to make a backup of your data on your own servers. There are several justifications for this.

Reliability

When you use a cloud server, it’s important to keep in mind that you don’t actually own the server that your data is being stored on. You are simply renting the resources to store your data on that server. Cloud hosting servers are typically not dedicated to one user; each server also hosts many other users. The hosting company can remove your access at whim. There may be other problems with access, such as short-term outages, a compromise of data or too many users on the system at one time. The hosting company may also have their own issues such as long-term service outages or natural disasters that limit or restrict your access to the information you have stored on the cloud. The company may even cease operations without notice, leaving you in a bind without your files. By having your own backup, you will ensure that you have what you need in the event of an emergency and you are not completely dependent upon anyone else for your information.

Responsibility

It can be tempting to contract the services of a cloud hosting provider and then sit back and relax, thinking that your data is protected and you can spend your time handling other aspects of your daily operations. However, this isn’t the case. When you contract to use the services of a cloud hosting provider, it is still your responsibility to keep a backup of your files. Your contract with the hosting service will likely stipulate this as well. In the event of an outage, the host will do their best to retrieve your files once service is restored, but you should still have your own backup just in case your information cannot be retrieved. In addition, you have no recourse in the event the cloud goes down and your information is lost. Taking the time to schedule a regular backup of your files will help you avoid a bad situation.

Backing up your own data on-site allows you to have the files that you need in the event that your cloud hosting service is inaccessible either temporarily or permanently. It is recommended that you back up data daily to reduce the chance of a catastrophic loss of data. There are several backup methods you can take advantage of. Taking the time to plan ahead and make sure your data is protected will help you avoid unforeseen problems in the future.

+Katrina Matthews is a product specialist for RackSolutions, designer and manufacturer of custom racking products for the IT industry! She likes giving IT tips and advice on our blog.