10 Cloud Backup Strategies for Business Continuity

While cloud computing offers several benefits to your organization, it can also present a few costly nightmares, thanks to unforeseen service outages or natural disasters. And to ensure that your business isn’t caught unprepared, implementing cloud backup strategies is a smart move. In a recent Computer World article, author Carol Ko documents the 10 best backup cloud polices.

1. Address specific business needs by defining a solution for cloud data backup. Don’t forget to also address customer needs.

2. Conduct a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis. “Use a provider that can integrate archives, so you can move data sets from a backup plan to an archive plan and provides online search and retrieval functionality.”

3. Test first. Put the cloud data backup strategy in place before you really need it.

4. To ensure security, encrypt backup data.

5. Follow governance and compliance rules. “For example, regulatory compliance related to where data may move or be stored when different countries or regions are involved, or compliance related to retention periods of data.”

6. Staff should be familiar with procedures related to bulk data import “wherein data is shipped on removable media storage to on-premise.” According to Ko, this option will be critical when faster data recovery is needed for large data backups.

7. Backup locally and remotely — to both on-premise and cloud storage.

8. If the purpose of putting data in the cloud is for public accessibility, then backup the data locally before storing in cloud.

9. Engage multiple vendors. “If one can afford it, it is recommended to backup very important and critical data to multiple vendors to mitigate risks.”

10. Ensure that backed-up data can be recovered on-premise or to another cloud vendor.

The above tips not only apply to both businesses and contractors, according to a recent Washington Technology article. “The cloud can help a company consolidate an IT infrastructure, reduce the need for IT capital investments, and, as mobile technologies proliferate across enterprises, improve ‘anywhere’ access to information.”

But contractors must answer several questions that relate to contractual issues before utilizing the cloud, such as the nature of service-level agreements, which services or operations can be moved to the cloud, and whether services should move to a public, private or “hybrid” cloud.

For more information about implementing cloud backup strategies for businesses and contractors, visit: http://news.idg.no/cw/art.cfm?id=AB80F49E-1A64-67EA-E44336CD54219516
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http://washingtontechnology.com/Articles/2011/07/05/STRATEGY-going-to-the-cloud.aspx?Page=1