Cloud computing has many important functions in day-to-day business. Cloud solutions enable greater flexibility, powerful collaboration and increased scalability.
However, another important advantage of the cloud is sometimes overlooked – its usefulness as a disaster recovery tool.
Small businesses in particular may have much to gain by adopting a data protection plan based in the cloud, the report said. If the premises of a business are hit by a natural disaster, for example, all data can be lost. By storing backup data in a remote location, as well as updating it regularly, a company can reduce the time needed to recover from a disaster and resume business.
Ivanka Menken, CEO of the company, said keeping all technology in one location is a great risk that can even jeopardize company survival in extreme cases. Even those that back up data to hard drives or tapes meticulously can potentially lose these in a natural disaster.
"Online backup storage in the cloud is considered to be the better option," Menken said. "It gives you access to your data no matter where you are. All you need is a secure internet connection."
While many companies choose to adopt cloud computing data storage solutions as a backup measure, a large number eventually realize that these tools offer a variety of other important benefits.
Business experts report that cloud-based data storage enables employees and, in some cases, partners and clients, to access data from any location, increasing efficiency. In addition, cloud-based solutions offer workers the ability to collaborate on projects and documents in real-time.