Over the past few years, cloud storage and cloud data backup have become increasingly important. It has evolved into one of the most popular services when it comes to disaster recovery and data storage. Yet, several managed service providers’ customers still have some misconceptions regarding these services. It is important that a service provider understands what business customers need in terms of cloud backup. Here are some of the most common myths related to cloud backup.
Cloud Backup and Cloud Storage Is The Same
The terms cloud backup and cloud storage are increasingly being used interchangeably. As a result, this has given rise to the myth that these two terms are one and the same. Cloud storage means storing selected data online, with emphasis on the word ‘selected’. Cloud storage is used to store only that data which has been manually selected. On the other hand, cloud backup has the ability to store unlimited data, ensuring that all the data is stored in order to protect the company against major data loss and disaster.
Cloud Backup Is Time Consuming
A widespread misapprehension about cloud backup is what the customers might have when it comes to backup time. Cloud backup undoubtedly takes longer time than offline storage on a local server or device. However, this is mainly dependent on the speed of the internet connection. With a fast enough connection, cloud backup is as easy and quick as hardware backup. While cloud backup does take a certain duration to efficiently upload all the data, its benefits, compared to offline storage, are definitely of greater value.
Cloud Backup Is Costly
Online backup software used to be considered an option only by a few overly cautious companies and firms. Back then, in the early 2000s, it used to be an unaffordable privilege, with prices as high as hundreds of dollars for limited storage of data. However, times have changed, and cloud backup is not just economical, but also readily available. Some businesses continue to remain apprehensive about it citing its expense, rather than seeing it as a crucial investment. Focus on the long-term benefits of cloud backup. Inform customers on how cloud backup is like an insurance on their data.
Every Backup Service Provider Offers The Same Benefits
This misconception is true for both the managed service providers as well as the customers. However, to be fair, differentiating between one backup service provider from another can be tricky. There are several crossover features. Even though this is true, some of the best backup software providers provide customers with unique and distinctive attributes which come with dedicated backup modules for backing up applications like:
- VMware ESXi
- Microsoft Hyper-V
- Microsoft exchange backup
- Microsoft SQL Server
- MySQL Database
- Oracle Database
- Lotus Domino / Notes
- Windows System
- Windows System State