A Single “Cloud” Outage Could Spell Disaster for Your Business

Seven out of 10 businesses suffering a major data loss, through off-site data storage, end up closing down within 18 months, according to a report by www.businesscloudnews.com. It is no wonder that some companies are hesitant to trust the livelihood of their business with off-site data storage, or what is more commonly known as cloud computing.

Business Cloud News also reported that a cloud computing site outage equates to around $14,000 in losses per minute for businesses that utilize their services. That figure does not include monetary losses and the long-term ramifications of loss of trust by clients.

With several high-profile cloud computing data losses in the last year, CIOs are even more hesitant to trust their valuable data to the cloud. But there are precautions businesses can take when securing data in the cloud.

The following three tips can help keep a company’s data more secure when using cloud computing:

1. Picking a provider you can trust: Research the cloud company you want to use, and get to know their IT operations and future strategies. This way, you will be up to speed if there is a loss and will know what to expect from the company in response.

2. Setting access to data as your top priority: Having access to your data 24/7 is one of the main reasons to store it in an off-site data storage location. Why even bother if this is not possible. Ensuring that you have built-in availability in your plan is important.

3. Just because your business is small doesn’t mean cloud computing is not right for you: It can be affordable to have a secure shared cloud environment without the need of providing your own staff and center to run them. This way, you still know where your data is stored and that any applications you need are running in case of disaster.

For more information about how to keep your data safe in the cloud, visit: http://www.businesscloudnews.com/infrastructure-as-a-service-/667-guest-post-how-much-does-a-cloud-outage-cost.html