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The Cloud offers a lot…

It’s great place to work from…

There are thousands of different services & operators of Cloud-based services to choose from; providing you with a protected, flexible and agile working environment to work from anywhere.

Wherever we choose to work, we’ll have issues with our data security, privacy and backup. You could have the most sophisticated of Cloud infrastructures and still be susceptible to tomorrow’s cyber-attack.

Therefore, we will always need a fully comprehensive backup, regardless of the type of IT services we use.


…but it’s not a secure means of backup.

As we’ve already discussed, the Cloud is an IT concept that delivers fantastic freedom opportunities for the modern workplace. However, many wrongly assume that by working from the Cloud and by no longer having their data sat physically on a server that they can see, their data is suddenly protected and backed-up as standard. This unfortunately isn’t the case.

It’s a common misconception that taking the single copy of all your file data from that old office server and storing that copy within One Drive or Google Drive will cure all your backup woes.

The use of popular Cloud services, such as Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google’s Apps environment, provide only a single storage location for your data and do not backup your files as you’d like.


Do we need a local copy then?

We’re not advising you step back in time and change your working methods to the 1980’s through fear of having multiple copies of your data.

In fact, by manually cloning files and storing copies in multiple locations will only create a mess of a backup structure & will be running without any automated schedules.

From a backup point of view, working from the Cloud as a single location for your file data, should be treated with the same consideration of having a file server in the office still. In-line with the best practice of the infamous ‘3-2-1 rule’, it’s critical to run a professional backup service to replicate that data to at least one alternative independent location.


What should we use to Backup our Data?

There are many trusted services available that integrate directly into Cloud platforms, such as Office 365 and GoogleApps, in which will all automatically backup your file data (and even things like emails) to an alternative encrypted Cloud-based location.

Your team will benefit from the ability to continue to work as they always have, with peace of mind that should they suffer a loss, corruption or failure of the company’s chosen Cloud service, that file data can be stored swiftly.


In Summary

Backing up your data is not only useful, but can save your Business from utter disaster.

Backup your data, protect you Business from collapse, Cyber threats are real and they want your personal information.

At Advoco, we specialise in learning our clients’ business and best applying solutions to match their needs.

If you would appreciate a free brief discussion about your operational challenges & to explore the threats to your business, please get in touch today – 0345 260 8801 or drop us a line