What are the best cloud backup solutions for your business?

The integrity, efficiency and reliability of ransomware protection solutions have come under the public spotlight once again. No thanks to the large-scale ransomware attack affecting top corporations and government agencies around the world. While there are quite a few prevention techniques, cloud backup solutions are presently the safest and most effective method of protection from ransomware attacks.
A viable data protection policy requires that you back up business data regularly, keep your computers up to date for latest security releases from your software manufacturer and other techniques to protect you from ransomware attack. However, in case of eventualities, you could easily restore data from cloud storage.

Cloud backup solutions come with a lot of features, such as unlimited backup, seamless uploads and downloads, data integrity and a host of others. For simple services such as reliable data storage, easy access to data or simple data sharing, there is a good cloud storage solution out there. But if you need extra services like data integrity or security, you'll need to raise the bar and be more selective.

Reputable cloud backup solutions provide backup for boot information, programs and operating system, advanced file versioning, security, 24-hour support, NAS backup, etc. They also come with easy-to-use interface for personal and business users alike. In determining the best cloud backup solution for your business, here are five of the top-rated service providers.

Acronis True Image 2017

Top on the list is Acronis True Image 2017. An independent IT security institute review found Acronis as the only backup solution that protects against ransomware attacks. Acronis comes with an easy-to-use interface, yet sophisticated data security. It is capable of recovering inaccessible data when attacked by a ransomware program. Acronis is designed to cater for all types of businesses ranging from small-scale to multinationals.

Dropbox Business

Dropbox is a popular cloud backup solution. The business version comes with real professional features for business productivity. Admin dashboard, folder manager and live support are just a few. ‘Remote wipe’ is one unique feature which allows you to delete data from lost/stolen devices.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a part-cloud storage, part-productivity suite from renowned search engine, Google. Built with a powerful search engine, retrieving data is just as good as it gets. You also have access to Google forms, Google drawings, and more from a vast array of business friendly apps.

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 (simple storage service) backup offers compatibility with Amazon web services (AWS) such as data migration services, data analytics and more. It is somewhat distinct from other cloud storage services in that it stores data as objects and assigns unique ID number for access. It is compatible with all browsers, hardware and operating systems and uses transfer acceleration technologies to increase upload and download speeds. To protect data, the Amazon S3 console is used for encryption and authentication.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure backup is a simple, cost-effective cloud backup solution. It is supported by a growing network of data centres and is available in 140 countries. It can be used for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) functions and has an architecture for customer support. Data security is provided by storing data in a geo-replicated storage, which maintains six copies of your data across two Azure data centres. It also guarantees a minimum 99.9% service availability.

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