By now you know that your business should increase migration to the cloud in order to leverage the numerous productivity benefits, one of which includes data backup. But now here we are telling you that you need a cloud to cloud backup plan too? Redundant? You bet, and when it comes to Software as a Service (SaaS) this kind of redundancy is a good thing.
By definition, cloud to cloud (C2C) backup is the practice of copying data stored on one cloud backup service, to another. It can be done using the same cloud provider, or two separate providers which typically makes more sense. For example, you can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for hosting application data, while backing up the data using your Microsoft Azure cloud storage subscription, or vice versa.
On the surface, you might feel as if this redundancy is a bit much, especially when you’re attempting to reel in your IT budget. However, if the rules regarding how IT support generates ROI have anything to say about it, it may cost you more to not take this opportunity seriously. Below we have detailed why cloud to cloud backup should be an essential mandate for your ongoing business operations.
1. Because Cloud Data Can Get Lost
We know this sounds contrary to what you’ve been hearing about the cloud. After all, data recovery is cloud benefit number one to most. But there are indeed scenarios that commonly result in lost cloud data.
For one, a user within your organization may accidentally delete a project, or do so under an incorrect assumption that the information was not needed anymore. Having C2C backup in place removes this risk for human error.
Another common precursor is the overwriting of data that may occur when large data sets are migrated into an application via bulk uploads, or when third-party applications are integrated and used to manage the data inside the core SaaS application.
Then there is malicious intent that may come from within your organization (disgruntled staff) or from outside cyber security threats.
Whatever the case may be, C2C backups protect your projects and data.
2. The Implications of Compliance Failure
The recent addendum to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA) requires that organizations comply with mandatory reporting of informational and/or data breaches. Beyond reporting to the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and potentially impacted individuals (the public) is a requirement to maintain a record for 2 years, starting from the day your company discovered the breach. Failure to comply with this mandate can result in per-offense fines as high as $100,000.
C2C backups ensure that your organization is able to comply with the 2 year record keeping mandate, and mitigate the risk of punitive measures taken against your business.
3. Ensures Business Continuity
You need the best possible business continuity plan to account for any disaster that may befall your organization. If your current cloud data is comprised or becomes inaccessible in any way, will you be able to maintain operations for a day, two days, a week, or more, without losing revenue? A sound business continuity plan is one without a singular reliance for productivity and data management.
4. Cost to Recreate Lost Data is Higher with Traditional Backup Methods.
Data loss may cause your organization to spend more money on collecting similar (if not the same) data, which is redundant event that you don’t want to see. Local and traditional backup methods simply can’t offer the same quick, comprehensive, and up to date recovery.
By employing cloud-to-cloud backup, you can restore any data within minutes after a damaging event has occurred. Even better, is it that efficient C2C backups protect files that have been recently updated and closed, while at the same time captures changes in open files and databases. Not only can you restore data rapidly, you get the “real time” version so that you don’t have to scramble to validate whether or not it’s relevant to current operations.
5. There’s a Better Solution That Works With Your Current Cloud Provider
If you’re like most SMBs you are using AWS, G-Suite, or Microsoft Azure and/or one of the MS 365 business applications. You need to find a cloud to cloud backup solution that works with any application you may be using. Well, you’ve come to the right place, as SIRKit360 Cloud is designed to offer an affordable, reliable, and redundant way for your organization to host and protect critical systems and information. Our private Cloud Server is powerful and built to scale, offering enterprise infrastructure at a monthly subscription flexible enough to work with your ongoing budget.
Learn more about SIRKit360 Cloud and feel free to contact us 780.758.5200 for a consultation.