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Security is a major concern for all small business owners, no matter the industry. While cybersecurity measures can (and should) be taken to ensure the safety of your business, unexpected occurrences such as natural disaster, fire or flood could threaten your business’ data at any given time.
Cloud backup and recovery eliminates the stress that comes with the unforeseen challenges listed above. Carbonite is an online service that offers cloud backup and recovery plans with secure, nonstop data protection designed to back up small and midsize businesses. You no longer have to worry about the security of your critical business data, as Carbonite offers both computer and server backup.
While many startups and small businesses are using cloud recovery systems, others are mystified about the realities and benefits of the cloud. Below, we debunk some of the top myths of cloud backup and recovery:
Myth #1: Cloud computing is too expensive/unaffordable for small businesses
When your business’ personal information, data and resources are at stake, no cost is too high. The security of your small business is vital, and cloud computing is actually incredibly affordable.
Carbonite offers a variety of pricing plans for the office, starting at $269 per year for a core subscription, which includes cloud storage on an unlimited number of computers, external hard drives and NAS devices.
Cloud backup can also lead to significant cost savings for your business. Instead of utilizing backups that need constant maintenance and support costs associated with an information technology department, you will find yourself saving money on both.
Myth #2: Cloud computing is not secure/my company’s data is not safe in the cloud
Security is a common concern when it comes to the cloud. However, cloud computing services are aware of this concern, and offer security measures to ease user’s minds.
Earlier this month, Amazon Web Services introduced AWS Shield, a service that is automatically turned on for its customers and prevents cyber attack.
Similarly, every server file Carbonite backs up is encrypted, rendering it unreadable by people or computers who do not have the encryption key. The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) used by Carbonite is the same used by the U.S. government and the National Security Agency (NSA), so you can rest easy that your data is safe and secure.
Carbonite’s data centers are guarded 24-hours a day, protected by temperature control, on-site emergency backup generators and more.
Myth #3: The cloud is unreliable
Keeping your files and important information safe is essential to the growth of your startup or small business. While you may think the cloud is risky and unreliable, realize that one in 10 computers are infected with viruses every month, according to Cloudwards. If your files are backed up to the cloud, you can recover them with ease.
Also consider user error and everyday accidents when it comes to benefits of the cloud—if a file is accidentally deleted off of your hard drive and saved to the cloud, you have a reliable backup.
Myth #4: Cloud backup and cloud storage are the same thing
Cloud storage solutions, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, allow you to easily share and access documents from anywhere. While great for collaborating with remote employees, it’s not the most secure option.
Cloud backup, however, sends a copy of your data file to an offsite vendor, where it is kept safe at a secure off-site location. Carbonite continually backs up your files, so whenever you make an edit on your computer, it is updated on the cloud, as well. Cloud backup also provides encryption benefits that keep your business’ data safe and secure.
Myth #5: There are not enough benefits for my business to use cloud backup
Not only are cloud backup services affordable, reliable and safe, they provide countless benefits to small business owners. For example, Carbonite allows you to access any of your backed up files from a computer, smartphone or tablet on the go.
Since documents are backed up and easily sharable, utilizing cloud backup to its full potential allows your business to be more efficient and waste less valuable time on the clock.
Myth #6: The cloud will not provide enough storage space for my business’ needs
While you may be concerned that cloud computing may not translate to all departments of your business, recognize that every department (accounting, sales, etc.) can benefit from data backup.
Plus, Carbonite offers up to 500 GB of cloud storage, with additional storage available at $99/100 GB. Plenty to suit your needs!
As you can see, there are a number of benefits to utilizing cloud backup services for your small business. Not only will you keep your most important data secure, you will save money and be able to access your files anywhere with an internet connection.
Carbonite is an excellent cloud backup service for small businesses and startups, and has recovered more than 50 billion files for its customers since being founded in 2005.
Learn more about Carbonite’s pricing plans, and try it free for 30 days at your own business here.
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