Why logistics companies should consider Cloud-based data backup
According to a published report, the recent Suez Canal blockage incident caused delays in delivery that resulted in monetary losses estimated at $400 million an hour – an eye-opening statistic that reveals the importance of logistics in the global economy.
The logistics industry is complex and dynamic in nature. It relies extensively on data to optimize resources, processes, and technology; in order to deliver efficiency, increased mobility and cost-effective services. The sources of such data, which are used for predictive analysis or route optimization in many cases are business endpoints used by employees of the company. The constant data feeds from end-users at factories, warehouses, or transportation operations build the core of information for this industry. And this data is crucial for business efficiency and customer satisfaction. It therefore becomes important for this data is available at all times and protected from malicious threats.
During the last year, the pandemic has increased the world’s dependency on logistics. This has led to marked increase in the volume of data – making it even more important for logistics companies to adopt efficient ways to manage and secure their business data.
Data backup and logistics companies
In addition to the increased volume of data, another dynamic at play has been the increase in incidences of cyber-attacks. Logistics companies have been victims of targeted attacks over the last year. Legacy backup mechanisms using on-premise servers and traditional perimeter level security are not measuring up – they are proving impractical and insecure. Cloud based approaches combined with Zero Trust security models are now the need of the hour.
Legacy backup mechanisms using on-premise servers and traditional perimeter level security are not measuring up – they are proving impractical and insecure.
An effective way is to adopting cloud-based data backup or Backup as a Service (BaaS). This enables logistic companies to back up data from distributed endpoints, SaaS applications, or servers, and save a redundant copy in cloud-based data storage. Even if there is loss of data at any of these sources, a good BaaS will ensure an immutable copy of data in the cloud which is insulated from any changes made to the original data copies. Having data ready to restore at a moment’s notice, significantly reduces the chances of disruption in business-critical logistical operations.
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Here are a few more benefits a cloud-based backup solution can provide:
1. Enhanced Data Protection
Most modern cloud-based data backup solutions enable IT pros to implement and maintain a robust data-protection strategy through an automated backup process and industry-grade encryption. Regular automated and reliable endpoint data backups eliminate possibilities of accidental or malicious destruction or modification to data, thefts, and risk data loss due to hardware failure, viruses, ransomware and even human errors. Solutions like Parablu additionally offer secured privacy gateway and zero-knowledge privacy features along with the essential data protection options.
2. Reduced infrastructure costs
The adoption of cloud-based backup solutions significantly reduces the efforts and costs related to the maintenance and management of IT infrastructure dedicated for data backups. With Parablu’s BluVault, even the cost of storage for the backup copies can be reduced to zero – by leveraging BluVault’s feature to repurpose and utilize unused cloud storage space in your existing OneDrive or Google Drive accounts.
3. Protect against hardware obsolescence
A key benefit of using a cloud-based backup solution is scalability. As data volumes increase and hardware becomes obsolete, it becomes necessary to upgrade infrastructure.
Unlike on-premise infrastructure, where the business is responsible for handling upgrades, with cloud-based backup, the BaaS vendor is incentivized to have their service running on the latest processors, SSD disks, and fast networks.
4. Business Continuity
In an industry like logistics, loss or unavailability of data for even a few hours, can disrupt business and cause a decline in overall productivity and efficiency. Business continuity just becomes a lot easier with a data protection strategy that incorporates cloud-based backup. With backup data safely hosted in the cloud and easy on-demand restores, IT teams can ensure that the workforce, no matter where, has easy access to critical data even in the event of a disaster or a ransomware attack.
5. Regulatory Compliance
In the current climate, all businesses fall under the ambit of regulation in one form on another. And that includes logistics companies. Reducing the risks of data loss and enabling information availability is key for compliance. A modern data backup solution like Parablu can do just that by allowing industry-grade encryption of data both during transit and at rest, along with options to remotely monitor, manage and audit all data backup and restore activities. Also, the ability to generate automated reports and options to place data on litigation-hold, equips IT admins to easily obtain and produce data and evidence for a regulator or an auditor.
Data backup and recovery should be an imperative and mission-critical element of any Information Security strategy in an enterprise. It requires a enterprise-class solution that will be there for you, when you need it most. Parablu has been selected and is used by leading providers in several industry verticals. Explore the features that made this possible. Talk to our experts now!
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