Manage BYOD backups with online file storage
Aug 22, 2014
Businesses are starting to realize the true value of the cloud and the online file storage capabilities offered through their services. However, with mobile devices being utilized in more company functions, it’s becoming difficult to ensure that all files are safe and adequately cared for in the cloud. At the same time, the cloud and mobile hardware can improve operations while supporting continuity and remote work efforts, making it necessary to determine how to effectively leverage the technology.
Bring-your-own-device initiatives are emerging throughout businesses across a variety of industries, as they begin to understand what value the effort has. However, this trend could also be hindering backups due to the number of devices being used and the vast quantity of documents that need to be accounted for. TechTarget contributor Brien Posey stated that due to the broad range of hardware types and intermittent connectivity, backup needs can be difficult to regulate. By leveraging a mobile file sharing program, the business can establish a singular platform that allows files to be updated automatically and protects the information even if the equipment is lost or stolen.
“[One approach] allows a copy of the end user data to be stored in a centralized location, thereby making it easier to protect,” Posey wrote. “The other approach is to avoid storing corporate data on the device altogether. Instead, users establish remote connectivity to a centralized storage mechanism.”
Using cloud to drive backup efforts
When it comes to business continuity, having company data readily on-hand is essential to ensuring that workers can get systems back up and running in no time. If an organization is using just physical machines to handle this need, the equipment can be easily stolen or damaged in the face of outages and natural disasters. However, the cloud is always available and cannot be impacted by the same factors. According to statistics reported by CloudTweaks, 94 percent of firms that become victim to substantial data loss will fail within two years of their opening due to lack of backups.
While some businesses may fall back to hard drives, 15,000 of these devices fail every day, making them unreliable. Because at least 30 percent of information in an average company is required to recover from a disaster, it’s integral to ensure that this data is secure within cloud-based file sharing solutions. As the cloud becomes more integral for these needs, decision-makers should ensure that they consider this technology for their own needs.