Cloud Storage Backups for Small and Medium Businesses

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Cyber-threats targeted at small and medium businesses is on the rise: 67% of small and medium business faced a data breach in 2019. Malicious attackers often target small and medium businesses because many of those businesses have inadequate cybersecurity solutions. Most cybersecurity solutions are expensive and require high technicality— two luxuries small and medium businesses can’t afford. This is why small and medium businesses need cloud storage backups.

Cloud-computing technology is— to define it in one sentence— “the internet of the cloud”.  With cloud-based technology, small and medium businesses have security, accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and cloud storage backups. It’s a three-in-one (and more!) package that improves business operations.

If you work in a small and medium business team, read on to understand why you need to implement cloud storage backups on your systems and devices.

The Concept of Cloud Storage

Not so long ago, physical servers, hard drives, or local storage devices were the default storage methods. But the storage capacity of computer hard drives and external storage devices is limited, especially for small and medium businesses that deal with large files. Cloud storage was introduced to solve data storage-related issues such as file storage shortage and the high cost of maintenance of physical servers. 

“Cloud” is simply the “internet of virtual servers”. Cloud storage allows you to store your files on a remote database— rather than physical servers— where you can access your data through the internet. With cloud storage, you can save and access your data from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection. Cloud storage also allows you to backup your data. 

Unlike physical servers, third-party vendors control and operate cloud storage, and store your files to a remote server in an off-site location. To improve data accessibility, they store the same set of data on multiple servers. Cloud storage can be accessed through the networks below: 

  • Public Cloud: Also called utility storage, public cloud storage is owned and controlled by third-party cloud storage vendors. The third-party vendors manage your storage and other computing resources such as hardware and software. Good examples of public cloud storage are Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure.
  • Private Cloud: This cloud network is owned and managed by a private entity or organization. It’s suitable for organizations that process and store private data such as banks.
  • Hybrid Cloud: This model allows you to store your data on public and private clouds. A hybrid cloud allows you to choose the site of network storage and ensures high security and flexibility of data storage.

Types of Cloud Storage

Cloud storage provides storage facilities for small and medium businesses. It also serves as a backup system to secure essential data and old files for later use. But how does cloud storage architecture store your data? This section will help you choose the cloud storage that’s most suitable for your business needs. 

1. File storage

Also called file-level storage, it’s a simple hierarchical system of data storage. File storage system methodologically stores your data on a network-attached storage device (NAS). This cloud storage system is suitable for small businesses with structured and less cumbersome data. 

2. Block storage

It stores your data in different blocks under a unique address. The unique then allows you to access your files easily from It offers increased data storage and faster data accessibility. Block storage systems are suitable for small and medium businesses that use critical applications that require minimal delays. It’s also suitable to store and back up your company emails (email server).

3. Object Storage

It’s a sophisticated cloud data storage system that saves your data structurally as objects or containers. This means that your files are saved without folders, directories, or hierarchies. The object is a data center that houses your data, identifying ID numbers and metadata— allowing easy file retrieval, higher efficiency, and scalability. Object storage is the preferred data storage for storing and archiving large unstructured data such as photos, videos, emails, and webpages.

Why You Need Cloud Storage Backup

Business files are sacred documents. They're the oil that keeps your business motor running perfectly. Cloud storage will help you keep your business files safe through a secure network database.

Five reasons you should use cloud storage to back up your company data are: 

  1. Negligent Deletion: Did you know that Google or Microsoft does not promise they can restore your files or emails if you accidentally delete something? In their terms and conditions, they recommend backing up emails and files in case you delete something and have no way of recovering. 
  2. Scalability: One perk of cloud storage is the pay-as-you-go feature. This feature allows you to pay for the space you use. If your company emails or files increase and you need more space, all you need is to pay for the required size you want. With cloud storage, you don't need to pay for unused or excess storage, rather you pay for what you need when you need it.
  3. Easy accessibility: With cloud storage backups, you can access your files with multiple devices. Cloud storage works by saving your files to a remote server on the cloud, making accessibility easy. With cloud storage backups, location isn't a problem as long as you have an internet connection. 
  4. Ease of collaboration: Cloud storage gives practicality to the cliché, “Teamwork makes the teamwork” because it allows you to connect with your team members without hassle. With authorized access, work colleagues can collaborate directly with team members through cloud storage without sending emails or physical files. For example, Google Drive allows people with authorized access to edit files directly. 
  5. Cost-saving: Third-party vendors control and manage your data. With this arrangement, cloud storage helps you to eliminate hardware and maintenance costs. Cloud storage services also allow you to pay for what you use— a cost-saving payment method that allows you to pay for what you can afford per time. 
  6. Safety in the clouds: Hard drives can easily be stolen, broken, or attacked by a virus or fire, but the cloud where your files are stored is free of these threats. Cloud storage also has a backup option for easy data recovery should you lose your files on your device. With cloud storage, the safety of your files may be out of your hands, but they're safe in the cloud.

Final Thoughts

Cloud storage services have transformed data accessibility and transfer. It’s a unique subset of cloud computing that offers enhanced security, backup options, and ease of data access in one breath. For small and medium businesses, implementing a cloud storage backup plan on your devices is a no-brainer. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose. 

At NWTechnologies, we provide maximum security for the system and devices of small and medium businesses. Our team of experts offer services in the following areas:

  • Data recovery 
  • Data encryption
  • Risk management
  • Incident planning 

Our professionals will help you to manage your cloud storage system and third-party networks. We’ll help you to navigate the muddy waters of data infringement should it ever occur. What are you waiting for? Contact us now to book a session with any of our consultants.

 

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