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Advantages of Cloud Backup For Business

Benefits of Cloud Backup For Business

There are numerous advantages to having cloud storage in a business over more traditional methods. We see no reason why you shouldn’t migrate towards the cloud and here are our top reasons to make the move.

Access Anywhere

With cloud data storage your data and files are remotely backed up. This gives you the ability to access your data from anywhere you have an internet connection. Whether you are travelling no a new location for a meeting or your team are spread across numerous geographic locations as is becoming more popular with a rise in the “work from home” culture.

Increase Data Security

If you choose to store your data with a specialist company you increase the level of security your data is held in. As these firms keep a large volume of data and rely on doing so, their security measures are likely to be far higher than yours internally.

At Safe Data Storage we have two off-site data storage centres in the UK, our primary storage facility on Orpington, London and a secondary facility in Bournemouth. We only use our own servers and your data is hosted in two UK ISO 27001 accredited data centres for extra security.

Scale up on Demand

When data is hosted internally it can be a struggle to upgrade or add additional storage. This is also often expensive and many companies will choose to delete things they think they need the least to save resources. By storing your data with us it is much easier, quicker and cheaper to scale up the level of storage to meet your requirements.

Disaster Recovery

In past days disasters such as fire and floods have wiped out years worth of records, files and valuable data. Once this has happened you are left having to start again. Not with cloud backup! Your business data is kept in off-site storage, all you have to do is restore to your last backup. This greatly limits the loss and means you can continue as normal.

This is also true for accidentally deleting files. We have all been in a situation where we deleted something we shouldn’t have by mistake. While previously this could have a huge effect on numerous people and tasks, no longer. Restore the file, or data and carry on as if it never happened.

If you have any questions about how to transfer your business to cloud storage or questions on how it will benefit you, get in touch with a member of our team who will be happy to help with any queries you have.

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What is GDPR and how could it affect your business?

How Does GDPR Affect Us?

It’s been described as ‘Data D-Day’ and has business owners and industry experts alike panicking as confusion reigns. But what is GDPR and how could it affect your business?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and refers to new laws about how data is stored that will come into effect in May 2018, replacing the 1998 Data Protection Act. This looming deadline is causing huge consternation in the data industry, with its impact unknown at this stage.

Part of the reason for the uncertainty around GDPR’s introduction is due to the UK’s impending exit from the European Union. This means that there is doubt as to whether data stored in EU countries (as opposed to the UK) will meet the data sovereignty regulations that will come into force under Brexit.

The GDPR not only applies to all organisations located within the EU, but it will also apply to organisations located outside the EU if they offer goods or services to EU data subjects – meaning many businesses will still need to remain compliant to the new GDPR laws. This is important as many organisations do not realise they will be affected by the regulations from selling their goods and services to EU Citizens. After Brexit EU countries may have different local laws about data storage than the UK – this will create legal confusion once Brexit has been completed.

The consensus among industry experts seems to be that, due to this legal grey area, the best option for British businesses is to store their data with UK-based companies offering secure cloud backup solutions in order to avoid falling foul of GDPR’s local data storage laws.

Mark Hohenberg of Hosting Techniques Limited recently gave a good summary of the situation when he told Prodec, “The safest thing for businesses that have data stored on the continent is to simply migrate it to UK-based data centres that are owned or managed by UK-based companies.

Here at Safe Data Storage, all data is stored in the UK. Our main server is located in London, with all data replicated to another server in Bournemouth; therefore you can be safe in the knowledge that your data never leaves the country. Both of our data centres are ISO 27001-accredited.

In addition, we are taking a number of steps in preparation of GDPR’s introduction In order to ensure we are fully GDPR compliant. For example, we have appointed a Privacy Officer to work alongside employees and clients. You can read more about our GDPR preparation here.

For businesses considering data storage options, the priority should be finding a company providing UK-based, GDPR-compliant cloud backup. Remove the risk and confusion of storing your data in another country post-Brexit and see how we can keep your data safe today with secure storage.

If you have any questions about GDPR or would like help with finding the best data storage solution for your business, contact us today.

 

 

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The future of data storage? Scientists store a FILM in DNA!

Incredibly exciting news has landed in the data storage industry this week! Scientists at Harvard University have discovered a way to encode a film into bacterial data, it has been revealed this week.

As more and more people around the world go online and search for places to store their data, scientists have trying to create new and innovative methods by which individuals can store their data for the future. This method is very unconventional, to say the least – the scientists have been called “crazy” by one newspaper. While DNA data storage had been mentioned before as a possibility, this is an astounding breakthrough. As some people have cleverly pointed out, this is the first truly viral film ever made!

The Harvard scientists managed to encode Eadweard Muybridge’s classic short film Horse in Motion, which was one of the first animations ever made, dating back to 1878. Muybridge’s animation was chosen because it shows a simple movement of a horse galloping, so the scientists would be able to easily compare their version to the original.

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The original “Horse in motion” film (top), and the version reproduced in bacteria (bottom)

Their study was published earlier this week to great excitement. The film was produced by achieved by writing information and encoding black-and-white pixels into the genomes of living bacteria. As this gif shows, their reconstruction in bacteria was almost identical to the original. The DNA version can now be used to produce millions of copies, Clever stuff.

While you may not be able to watch Avatar in a pool of bacteria just yet (we know you’ve always wanted to), and we wouldn’t recommend storing all your files in a strand of DNA for the time being, this is a highly exciting development in data storage. While small amounts of text have previously been stored in DNA, this suggests much more is possible.

In the meantime, if you’d like a slightly more conventional way to store your data, check out our backup services. We promise not to require your DNA to provide our service. If you have any queries about  personal or professional data storage, get in touch with a member of our team.

 

 

 

Safe Data Storage is ISO 9001:2015 Certified Now!

Safe Data Storage has received ISO 9001:2015 certification for providing a high-quality service with regards to cloud data storage across the globe. Before we delve deeper into this, let us explain concept regarding ISO certification.

What is ISO 9001:2015?

ISO 9001:2015 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for a quality management system. This is a technique of defining how an organisation can successfully demonstrate the ability to consistently provide a service to meet the requirements of the stakeholders and the customers who are affected by its work.

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Top Data Storage Companies in the UK

“It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” – Albert Einstein 

The above-mentioned quoted line as exclaimed by one of the most world-renownedscientists is absolutely true. Don’t you feel the same way? Well, with recent developments and technologies there’s nothing that is not available to make our lives simpler and happier. Gone are those days when you had to worry about making a call to a foreign land, send gifts to your beloveds staying overseas or maintaining books to enter all important data. Now, as days are passing the latest technology has come in our lives as a blessing. One of the most important technologies is the cloud storage services that have made the lives of the business owners simple. Now, you don’t have to worry about the important documents stored on external hard drives. It’s time to get smart and store all the important data on the cloud. I’m sure you know what cloud storage or online backup is. If not, then there’s nothing to worry as I’ll explain it to you in a nutshell.

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The Perfect Way to Store Confidential Data

A friend of mine, David, has set up a startup venture at the heart of London. He recently decided to shift his company to another part of the City. While doing so, a huge chunk of confidential company data got misplaced. This data contained all valuable information regarding the company and also had important statistics for his clients. He was at a total loss.

Now, the loss of data was a result of a lack of secure storage. David had everything saved on poorly-organized external hard drives which were very easy to misplace while relocating. Now the question is why was David not careful enough when he knew how important and confidential the data was?

Manual storage of important information is prone to be misplaced, stolen or tampered with. As a company owner, one must be very careful while storing data and opt for reliable options. Now, one of the best and most secure ways of storing such data would be to save them on the cloud. While establishing his startup venture, David should have used the assistance of renowned UK cloud backup companies. Just like a stitch in time saves nine, David could have saved his important data from being misplaced by taking the wise decision of choosing secure online storage.

As a company owner, do not make the same mistake as David. Get in touch with UK cloud backup companies and save your data in the most secure way. If you are still not convinced, read through the following features of cloud backup to get a clear understanding.

Your Data in Safe Hands: By saving your data on the cloud it will no longer be subject to the usual threats of theft or damage through natural disasters. If you’re in doubts, get in touch with Safe Data Storage, one of the best data storage companies in the UK. With expert cloud storage facility, you will get a fully managed and supported service at all times. Also, your data will be fully encrypted and protected, thus, saving it from the hands of hackers.

Access at Your Own Convenience: Online backup is easily accessible from anywhere and at anytime, as long as there is strong internet connectivity. Not only this but the stored data can also be restored from anywhere as per your convenience.

Fits Your Pocket: Storing your data on the cloud is far more cost-effective than saving it on physical hard drives. With this, you will not have to calculate the costs of the tapes, hardware & software or files & documents where you will save your data. With online data backup, you get easy and secure storage at very affordable rates. Get in touch with renowned UK cloud backup companies to enjoy the benefits of storing data on the cloud.

After having read the above-mentioned features, you must have been convinced already. So, what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Safe Data Storage and store, restore and access your data with complete ease and security.

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Data recovery services: Their importance to small businesses in the UK

Some small businesses solutions are more indispensable than others, but data recovery services are one of the most essential services that a small business can have.

What does online backup on the cloud mean?

This is a way of setting and storing a backup of data kept on businesses’ servers or PCs offsite on what is referred to as an online or cloud-based system. The software can be installed onto the company’s servers and/or on individual users’ PCs, and it uses an internet connection to remote servers to transfer the data chosen to be backed up. These files will also have a further copy in another different location to provide an additional level of backup. The whole process is safe, encrypted and password protected. Only those who have the relevant authorisation can gain access to this material. The offsite backup system can easily be installed on all computers, and the software is compatible with all file types and major operating systems such as Windows, Mac and Linux.

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The importance of cloud backup for educational institutions

The cloud has changed the way in which we carry out many everyday IT tasks, and nowhere is that truer than in the world of performing backups. The cloud offers greater convenience, easier access to saved data, better security and no need to worry about cycling storage media.

Therefore, it is not surprising that the adoption of cloud-based backup has soared across all sectors of industry. It makes the task easier whilst also helping to keep costs down. The education sector in particular, both in schools and in higher education institutions, has been quick to see the benefits of backing up to the cloud

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Why is Cloud Backup for Schools so Essential?

Cloud Backup for Schools

Every day, in every single sector of work, many gigabytes of data get created. While much of this becomes insignificant after a point of time, a considerable amount of data needs to be backed up, saved and managed. The importance of data backup has been realised for some time now and this has led to the rise in the popularity of cloud solutions. Today, even the educational institutions realise the importance of data back-up. Previously the IT department of a school was enough to manage data. The rest was taken care of manually by both the faculty and the students. However, the scenario has now changed and the loss of vital information leads to obstacles in the operation of an institution. Consequently, schools and colleges are now going for cloud solutions to ensure smooth and hassle-free data backup.

Cloud storage is one of the most trusted data backup services today. Research reveals that more than 800 business decision makers and users worldwide have adopted cloud. Also, it is predicted that by 2017, the public cloud services market will exceed $244 billion. In spite of such convincing statistics, many are still apprehensive about whether to go for cloud backup for schools or not. Here, know in details about how cloud services are meant to enhance the efficacy of your organisation’s daily operations.

Affordability

To begin with, cloud solutions that are meant for small organisations are quite affordable. So, if you are planning to get cloud services for your school, rest assured that the costs will not exceed the budgetary limits set by the IT department. You don’t need to shell out a capital expenditure to store your data on the cloud.

24/7 Access

The best thing about online data backup is that it allows access anytime and anywhere. You don’t need to be present at the office or move around with a laptop to recover an important file. An internet connection and a computer will be all you need to recover data.

No Threats of Data Destruction

When you keep your data off-site, it is always prone to loss or destruction caused by theft or natural calamities. With the data being stored on the cloud, there is absolutely no chance of any of these. Your data will stay safe and accessible no matter what is going on at the office.

Time Saving

This is another great advantage of cloud data backup. With just a few clicks, you can save all your data and in exactly the way you want it to be saved. Maintaining stacks of files manually and segregating them under categories takes a lot of time and effort. Cloud storage makes sure that this effort goes into other essential tasks. With cloud data backup solutions for schools, operational effectiveness improves and so does the level of excellence, which is so crucial for educational institutions.

SDSL Proud To Sponsor A Local Football Team

We know it’s only September but someone in the office has already started mentioning Christmas. This got us thinking about how nice it was to work with the local primary school, involving the pupils in designing decorations which the public were allowed to vote on (voting has obviously closed but the entrants can still be viewed here) – http://84.45.17.245/competition/christmas2013 so with that in mind we wanted to give something else back to the local community.

Under 12 Lions

With the help of all of our customers, we are now very proud to have been able to sponsor one of our local football clubs, Orpington Rovers and their Under 12’s team. We supplied them them with these very lovely jackets:-

Under 12 Lions Back

How great do the Under 12’s Lions team look! A formidable team if there ever was one. We wish them all the best for the season ahead and Safe Data Storage are proud to continue the support by supplying their full kits for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Come on you Lions!!!!

Written by Rosey Walls 20/09/2014