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Are Backups Still Necessary When Using Cloud Services?
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Are Backups Still Necessary When Using Cloud Services?


Yes. Whether you're storing copies of local files on a cloud account, collaborating on group work through shared platforms, or archiving your old material, it's always a good idea for a business to pay for the use of an independent backup strategy.

Although it's incredible for boosting efficiency and remote collaboration, the cloud doesn't automatically save everything forever or protect against accidental deletion - as many casual users have unfortunately discovered. Human error, technical faults, auto-deletion via syncing, hacks, and malware may irreparably damage or destroy files held on cloud accounts.

Remotely managed cloud storage helps you to recover what you need in the event of catastrophe while allowing rollbacks, historic retrievals and reversions, full OS backups, and active security scans on auto-synced material. Managed cloud backups also provide a greater degree of oversight and legal accountability than simply entrusting your precious data to a cloud service vendor.

By implementing automatic, scheduled cloud backups, you can restore older work and OS builds from remotely stored memory at the push of a button. It's a proven strategy for dealing with sudden hardware, software, and remote server failures.

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Why is it so Important to Schedule and Maintain Regular Cloud Backups?

Unscheduled downtime costs SMEs vast amounts of money. In the event of a data loss on a cloud account or a local machine, you or your employees will have to spend precious working hours restoring lost documents and databases from scratch.

Even if you did back up your work elsewhere, periodic losses (from the time of last save) and the time it takes to get everything back in place eat up valuable time. While USB or desktop copies can help, the rapid nature of work means they often become outdated fast.

Cloud restoration makes retrieval fast, simple, and accurate, with app dashboards allowing you to flag up critical files for rapid return. Having a constant 'log' of work in play helps mitigate the human factor, too. The leading cause of data loss is accidental deletion or corruption due to human error.

By integrating a cloud backup app into every work device, employees can quickly revert their mistakes and retrieve historical copies of files they've inadvertently lost or mis-edited. In extreme cases (e.g. crypto-lockers, hard drive failure) cloud backups even allow the entire machine to revert back to an earlier, safe state.

Anything Else to Keep in Mind?

It's also worth looking at where exactly cloud software vendors save their data. With some fully online, login-accessed suites such as Microsoft 365, cloud data might have to be copied and copied again to create efficient, useable work backups. The same goes for any online conversations or calls you want permanently logged.

Managed Cloud Backup and IT Support from TMB

TMB offers managed cloud backup and data security as part of our managed IT support packages. Have a chat with one of our cloud IT specialists to find out more

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