What is Backup as a Service?

Backup-As-A-ServiceData backup is one of a business’s most essential services that runs in the background, but is there if you need it. Today, cloud-based backup services and backup as a service (BaaS) are quickly replacing other traditional backup data systems. There are many reasons for this shift to BaaS, which has many useful benefits. If you do decide to go this route for your own business you should be on the lookout for a specific list of qualities.

Next to people, data is a company’s most valuable asset. Many companies today are still backing up their data on-site.  But this may not be enough to protect your critical data, particularly if something happens to the physical location.

If you have on-premise backups for your company, you likely understand that this will only go so far in protecting your business in the event of an emergency. While it’s a good start, you need to think beyond the basic concerns.

With a bit of research, you may have heard of the 3-2-1 rule. This basically means that you create three copies of your company’s data. Two of these copies should be on different medium. The third should be stored offsite. While it may seem like a simple thing to do, certain companies have ever-changing and increasing data requirements. In order to achieve this plan, you’ll need to consider a few things.

You should ask yourself a few questions. Does your current backup plan protect both physical and virtual machine data? Can you simply send data off-site? Do you currently rely on an external service to physically come and pick up tapes or other storage devices? Or perhaps you’re asking yourself how you’re going to even do any of this.

There are a variety of Cloud Service Providers that simplify BaaS for you. These are the best products for a company that doesn’t have the infrastructure for backing up data in-house.

Basically how it works is that you purchase these services in advance and they are managed by the Cloud Service Provider. But you don’t need to do your backups with on-site equipment or personnel. Instead, BaaS connects your IT system with a private, public, or hybrid cloud that is managed by the CSP. Now you won’t have to worry about managing tapes or hard disks to protect your data.

There are many advantages to utilizing BaaS. Your personnel won’t be required to have any expertise, nor will you have to make an investment in equipment. You can choose from different levels of services. Your data is always stored in enterprise-grade equipment that’s located in secure facilities or data centers. You’ll also have guaranteed SLAS and support. You’ll also have access to the technology needed so you can easily automate the process and monitor it.

With this information, you should now be able to evaluate potential BaaS providers and make the best choice to suit your business. Remember to stick to a 3-2-1 strategy and your valuable business data will always be protected.

Please contact iConnect Technologies if you need more information on how Backup as a Service can protect your valuable business data.

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