Cloud-based backup services are a safety net in tricky times

Countdown: '3-2-1,' lift off into cloud backup service

We live in a volatile world, cyber-wise. On one hand, there are some truly outstanding technologies popping up all the time, but on the other hand, smart people too often use their intelligence for the wrong reasons. Thus, we have ransomware and distributed denial-of-service attacks, to name just two examples. As a result, organizations must take advantage of those good advancements to counter the bad and the ugly. Cloud-based backup services can help you hit the right data protection notes.

Never before has the "3-2-1" rule of backup been so important. With so much uncertainty online, it's critical for your organization to be offline in some way. The future of your organization may depend on it. Not only are there an enormous amount of potential disruptions to service at this time, but users more often can't deal with a disruption of any length. Having three copies of data on two different media, with one of those off site, is easier to tackle with cloud-based backup services as an option.

With a cloud backup off site, your organization can rest a little easier at night. But it's imperative not to rely solely on cloud backups. Cloud data centers can go down too, as we've seen with the Amazon Web Services outage of February 2017, which wreaked havoc. So make sure you're following that "two different media" portion of the 3-2-1 rule.

Business in the cloud-based backup services market is booming. The cloud is scalable, manageable and dependable, and major vendors are providing many different choices. According to a recent 451 Research report, backup and recovery was by far the top choice for cloud services. In this handbook, we provide questions to ask cloud providers, detail how best to be protected against ransomware and offer tips on fusing cloud backup and disaster recovery.