Hard drives aren't equipped to deal with the growing need for business backup.

Some business data recovery challenges in the coming year

Stephen Perkins

No business wants to risk losing everything. That is why so many successful businesses look into data backup options to ensure that their privileged information remains safe. There are myriad reasons to use online backup. Among other benefits, a backup creates cohesion within the company's data by placing it under a single protective banner. Recently, the data recovery experts at Kroll Ontrack put together a summary of the top recovery challenges businesses face in the coming year. Here are some of those:

1. Lack of cohesion among BYOD companies: Bring-your-own-device policies are popping up at businesses everywhere these days. The trend is convenient because it benefits both sides: For employees, it enables them to store work on their own devices, and for companies, it cuts costs. But the BYOD trend could come at the expense of security. As Kroll Ontrack pointed out, mobile devices are particularly susceptible to breaches. If an employee leaves a phone on the subway and it contains company data, the risk for data loss or exposure substantially increases.

2. Lack of knowledge about the cloud: As Kroll pointed out, the cloud remains one of the best places to store data, since it is the only platform built to accommodate business's rapidly expanding storage needs. Physical hard drives simply aren't equipped with the size, flexibility and ease of use of the cloud. However, there is a general lack of knowledge within companies about the functionality of the cloud and how it stores their data. That's why it is vital for companies to educate themselves about cloud backup. In a situation where company computers fail, they can harness the cloud to make sure that a computer outage does not mean a loss of data.

3. Data becoming too big for physical backup: The more data a company has, the harder it becomes to back up that data to a physical drive. According to Kroll, the companies that still use storage drives for their data face a greater risk of losing that information, since things like SSD drives won't be equipped to handle the amount and complexity of data that a contemporary company would upload. 

In order to prevent data loss or breaches, all businesses are encouraged to look into online backup to guarantee the safety of their data. As data recovery expert Paul Le Messurier said, "Establishing a relationship with a data recovery expert should also be a priority for administrators."

Businesses are increasingly turning to the cloud and Web-based portals for their data recovery needs – and the statistics prove that. An infographic compiled by Backblaze illustrated how the cloud is quickly becoming the only platform for online backup. Here are some of the more notable statistics:

  • By 2016, an estimated 36 percent of consumer content will be based in the cloud.
  • Also by 2016, the average household will store 1.2 terabytes within the cloud.

Indeed, the cloud is becoming not just a place for data backup, but for everyday life. 

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup