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If you rely on computers or devices to run your business, it is important to backup your data, and often. But what happens if you don’t have enough space on your hardware? Or what if your computer crashes, or your tablet or cell phone is stolen or damaged?
The answer is simple: online or cloud backup services. And here’s what you need to know:
Cloud backup, or online backup, enables you to store your data and files on the Internet in the “cloud”. This means that if something goes wrong with your hardware – your computer, device, external hard drive or backup tape – your data can be recovered.
Cloud backup is simple: copies of your data/files are sent via the Internet to an off-site server where they are stored. Third-party service providers usually host these off-site servers and charge a fee (based on capacity, bandwidth or number of users) to store your data.
Irrespective of where the off-site server is located, you can run backups or archive your files as long as you have an Internet connection and access to a cloud backup service. Cloud backup systems use a software application that can be set to run on a schedule according to your business’s backup needs.
Yes. Security is a critical part of cloud backup services, especially when storing sensitive or personal information. When you backup to the cloud, your data will be encrypted before it is sent to the off-site server for storage.
No, free cloud storage like DropBox, Google Drive and OneDrive are not the same thing as Cloud Backup, it might be one of your backups but you can’t assume that it is always going to be there and if you delete files locally that sync to cloud storage, they’re deleted from cloud storage too.
That depends on your business needs and business recovery plan in the case of a failure or disaster. A lot of users choose to archive their non-critical data in the cloud.
When deciding whether to store critical data in the cloud, the following checklist will help you to assess whether a cloud backup service aligns with your business’s technical and financial needs:
The good news is that these days, issues like space limitations, mechanical failure, theft or even natural disasters don’t need to leave you stranded. Cloud backup is a secure and efficient way of protecting your data, and ultimately your business, that will have you floating on a virtual cloud!