Cloud computing security has become a hot topic in the IT world in recent years.
On one hand, some companies have expressed reservations about situating important data on servers owned by a third-party vendor. On the other, many have argued that cloud vendors are able to offer better data security measures than companies would be able to provide themselves.
According to a recent CloudTweaks report, one significant security benefit that cloud solutions can offer is better disaster recovery management.
Online data storage and remote backup solutions, the report noted, enable companies to store their important information on servers that are not located on their physical premises. Furthermore, in many cases, copies of their data may be stored in multiple locations.
While most businesses hope and pray they will not be struck by a natural disaster, such events do occur and, in addition to the damage they cause to communities and families, they can destroy businesses.
According to the report, companies that judiciously back up their data to tapes or hard drives run the risk of losing their backups – as well as their original data – in the event that a disaster destroys their premises.
On the other hand, a business with cloud-based data can access its data again, as soon as employees are able to connect to the internet.
Furthermore, the report said, companies should consider switching from manual backup methodologies to automated, progressive backup. Doing so enables businesses to ensure their backup solutions store the most up-to-date versions of important files, while minimizing the amount of employees' time taken to perform the backup process.
Other experts have also praised the disaster recovery abilities of the cloud. According to a recent Art of Service report, cloud computing security solutions can help to protect data when other things go awry.