Managed backup, in some ways, is similar to an insurance policy for your data integrity. Most of the time you will not have to use it, but when the worst happens it is something that you are very glad you paid for. On a daily basis managed backup may be useful to retrieve deleted or corrupted files, but in the event of a total backup and restore is when it really shines. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) see to providing cloud-based backup of all data that is covered in a managed service agreement, and this acts as a failsafe for a company as well as compliance with regulations regarding safeguarding and maintenance of data in certain industries such as financial services and medical professions.
While an in-house network security engineer is always a good idea, and having dedicated professionals on staff to backup and secure files is a valid method of safeguarding valuable data, there is a lot to be said for outsourcing this function. For one thing, it is a rare thing to have qualified IT staff whose only function is backups and disaster recovery. Many IT and network professionals are burdened with multiple tasks every day including installing new software and updates, troubleshooting everyday problems, and correcting malfunctioning equipment. With this in place, it is not unusual to see backup tasks slip to the back burner.
No matter if data is compromised by a natural disaster, malware, equipment malfunction or a data breach, it is bound to create a significant disruption to your business. Having a cloud-based backup and restore plan is one more layer of protection that can help to get your company back on track after the literal or figurative storm has passed. Cloud backup is one of the biggest advantages that a managed backup provider brings to the table. Their dedicated function is maintaining backup data free of vulnerable local networks and facilitating swift recovery, enabling your business to recover in as short an amount of time as possible.
When companies are putting together a disaster recovery plan the wisdom of entrusting network security keys to a third party is often debated. However, the providers of online backup services are concerned with data integrity, not data access. Often, cloud backup is fully automated and not in the hands of vendors or personnel outside your own IT department. If anything, an MSP charged with data backup and recovery services does not even take direct action unless a disaster or data breach has been detected by the system. In most cases, an outsourced data protection solution is no riskier than the normal risk posed by in-house network security personnel.
If you see a managed backup provider as something that will fit in well with your disaster recovery plan, you may be wondering how to begin. In order to institute a backup and recovery plan that integrates managed backup solutions, there are certain factors that you need to take into consideration:
When you have these specifics nailed down you may have a better idea of how an MSP can provide the services that you need to meet your company's specific network integrity requirements. Once it is in place, your business and its stakeholders will have peace of mind and an assurance that your network is in safe hands. If you need any more information on how managed backup can help to secure your data and network integrity, contact us for a full managed backup consultation.
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