Why Cloud Backup Makes Sense for Remote Offices

Many organizations, including small to midsize business, have branch and satellite offices spread across a wide geography. That means more and more corporate data is being created outside of company headquarters. Much of this data is mission-critical and must be backed up regularly.

However, remote office/branch office (ROBO) backup is much different than data backup at the primary data center and presents a new set of challenges. ROBOs rarely have the dedicated IT staff that exists at company headquarters. As a result, ROBOs typically don’t have an enterprise-class backup platform, and what they do have is not managed or tested. If issues arise, or if data needs to be restored, the headquarters IT team must travel to the remote site.

When developing a ROBO backup strategy, organizations need to understand the potential impact on business operations if backup fails instead of waiting for something to go wrong. Approach ROBO data backup as you would with your primary data center. Classify and prioritize data. Plan for the worst by identifying the various causes for data loss, including server and storage failure, human error, data corruption, natural disasters, and security breaches. Define recovery point and recovery time objectives for all applications and data by analyzing how much data you can afford to lose and how much downtime you can tolerate. Then determine how prepared you are to meet those objectives and regularly test your backup strategy so you can plug any holes.

Traditionally there have been two options for ROBO backup. Onsite backup typically involves software that backs up data to disk, which is faster, or tape, which is cheaper. A centralized backup model uses remote tools to back up ROBO data to a centralized site over the corporate WAN.

An increasingly popular third option is cloud backup. Cloud backup uses software to automatically gather, compress, encrypt and send a copy of data via the Internet to a service provider’s offsite platform. Instead of purchasing and maintaining a backup system and worrying about under- or over-provisioning storage capacity, an organization pays a monthly fee for virtually unlimited capacity. Scalable, elastic resource allocation makes it easy to handle uneven data usage patterns and high data volume, and the organization only pays for storage used. Cloud backup is also ideal for organizations that lack the IT staff, infrastructure, budget and bandwidth required for centralized backup.

A service provider’s security is typically far superior to the ROBO’s, and the provider’s infrastructure is monitored 24×7 and tested frequently. On-demand data restoration supports optimal recovery objectives, and users have the flexibility to access data on any device from any location, which is especially valuable for ROBO users. New software and functionality can be added or updated instantly without requiring a ROBO’s limited IT staff to worry about handling the upgrade.

SSD’s managed cloud backup solution keeps ROBO data secure and accessible while reducing capital and operational costs. Let us show you how our flexible, scalable solution brings the reliability and performance of primary data center backup to your branch offices and remote locations.