Not even a couple of decades ago, business processes were centralized with the entire IT infrastructure on-site. All business-related data, applications, software, etc. were stored in physical devices within the business premises. But as of today, with the rise in cloud computing, it is an entirely different scenario, with business processes and functions using cloud-based services to run at all micro and macro levels.
For the uninitiated, here’s a simple definition of what cloud computing defines. It is a delivery of computing resources and services using the internet and virtual networks. Unlike traditional systems, it does not require on-site computing or maintenance of such computing devices. Typically, there is a server system that connects remotely (and virtually) to other computers on a wide network.
This system is smarter, better, faster, and more efficient than the erstwhile systems. Most importantly, cloud computing is also cost-effective, making it the go-to solution for many small and medium businesses and startups that currently shape the global economy. It helps them save on heavy investments towards on-site or physical infrastructure, and cuts down on other resources, thus making it an easy solution.
Cloud computing and data management
One of the biggest benefits that modern businesses are reaping from cloud computing is large-scale and smart data management. Almost all millennial businesses are digital-first, making them remain online at all times. This generates high volumes of data at all times, which would have been impossible to manage, had it been managed by traditional computing systems. With the cloud, this becomes a much easier task. Since there is no physical hardware involved, there is no risk of data loss through natural disasters, thefts, or similar other threats. And with virtual storage, there is always the scope of increasing the capacity as and when needed, thus making data storage a hassle-free task. This brings us to the next point of data backup.
Cloud-based data backup
Since massive amounts of data are involved, it requires regular backup and an efficient system to do so. With the process of virtualization, cloud storages create multiple versions of the same data, which is spread across a network of computing devices, called virtual machines. Each of these devices might or might not be in the same geographical location, but are connected to the main server nevertheless. In case any of such versions is affected in any way or hacked, the data can be easily restored from the other versions. This means data can be backed up, restored or recovered in a matter of seconds. As such, businesses can continue to run any critical application, even after a major data loss, and without the worry of losing it all.
Cloud computing uses Disaster Recovery As a Service (DRaaS) along with virtualization, which has revolutionized the way data recovery was done so far. There are also an array of cloud-based backup tools that can further streamline the process and help data backup easier than ever.
Making the most of cloud computing
The benefits of cloud-based services can be reaped by using the right platform for your website. This is where hosting comes in the picture and assumes a major role. Cloud web hosting has evolved in the past decade to protect your site data most efficiently. Ask your cloud hosting provider for the best backup strategies to use and the measures that they take to keep your data safe. Do let us know the backup strategies that you use for your website in the comments section below.