General consensus says that the traditional approach to backing up data leaves a lot to be desired. Most on-premises solutions are often costly, require a lot of maintenance, reduce efficiency and put businesses at risk of data loss.
Backup as a Service (BaaS) is a modern alternative to these traditional backup solutions. With this, businesses purchase backup services from external, cloud-based providers. These backups are usually maintained in large data centres, which use frequent off-site backups to ensure no data is lost.
BaaS is ideal for businesses who have outgrown their on-site backup solution and for those with a smaller budget who maybe don’t want to invest in a large IT infrastructure.
Here, we will run down some of the basic advantages and concerns of BaaS to help you decide if it’s the right solution for you.
Ease of management – BaaS providers take care of everything from performing integrity checks, moving data to off-site locations and rotating storage devices to make the process as simple as possible for you.
Fixed monthly fee – Unreliable hardware and human error sometimes can’t be avoided, but when businesses and start-ups invest their money, they want to be sure it’s worth it. BaaS providers offer their services for a fixed monthly fee. As there is no hardware with BaaS that will gradually become obsolete, the cost of ownership is likely to be equal or cheaper than the monthly cost.
Safety & Data Protection – As well as taking care of the management of BaaS, providers take the extra step to ensure the protection of their customers’ data. This usually includes daily off-site backups, running test procedures and generating reports to keep their customers up to date on their backups.
Regulation compliance – There are various regulations that businesses are required to comply with when it comes to cloud backup solutions. While this shouldn’t stop any business or organisation taking advantage of BaaS, it is important to research service providers to ensure they are able to meet these compliance needs.
Bandwidth requirements – Despite it’s reliability, cloud-based backups generally require additional bandwidth, so it is important that you are prepared for this and to make sure the regular backups won’t interfere with the productivity of your employees and general running of your business.
So, with the advantages that come with BaaS, it is now recommended for businesses to invest in a cloud-based backup system rather than investing into on-premises data backup solutions. Cloud based backup solutions are much more cost-effective, are safer and more reliable and in general, require much less maintenance than the alternative.