Despite lack of adoption, SMB cloud adoption is smartest approach for data backup

When it comes to the cloud, there are a number of reasons companies are weaving the solution in existing infrastructure. While each business has different priorities, every organization can agree that digital backup is near the top of the list.

Whether it is a power outage or a major disaster like Hurricane Sandy, getting back up and running can be difficult and take time – something many small business do not have. According to FEMA, more than 40 percent of small businesses are never able to reopen their doors after a disaster.

A recent Spiceworks study found that data is considered by many organizations to be a company's most valuable asset and 45 percent of respondents said their organizations had experienced a data loss. On top of that, 14 percent said they were never able to restore their lost information. One thing that could factor into this is the fact that 60 percent of small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) prefer to use direct-attached storage with 53 percent having no plans to move to the cloud. But they should.

An article from That VAR Guy highlights a few reasons why SMBs should move their backup plans into the cloud. Companies are able to access information from anywhere and anytime, meaning that even in the face of a disaster, businesses can stay open remotely. Information is essentially stored offsite, in a simple and automated system. Then there is the affordably factor.

"Small businesses don't have unlimited IT budgets. It's important to use a solution that makes sense and won't require your customer to incur a capital expenditure," the article reads.

Partnering with an IT consulting firm that understands cloud computing and backup can go a long way toward ensuring a business never loses information again.

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