Myth: I Have Google Drive, I Don’t Need to Back Up.
A common myth which exists amongst many cloud service users is that when you are making use of a cloud storage application, you do not need to make a backup of your stored data.
Cloud storage applications, like Dropbox and Google Drive, are fantastic tools to store data in the cloud. They provide real time file access, file synchronisation and file sharing. Storing data in the cloud is incredibly convenient and allows the user more mobility because data can be accessed from anywhere.
Don’t confuse cloud storage and cloud backup.
Cloud storage should not be confused with cloud backup. Remote backup services are considered a form of cloud computing, but its application and intention differs from simply storing data in the cloud. Cloud backup focuses on encrypting and transferring data to an off-site location for the purpose of safekeeping.
There are three service offerings that distinguishes cloud back up and cloud storage from one another: file transfer, data management and data security.
1. File transfer or file sharing. Cloud storage and cloud backup approach the subject of cloud transfer from different angles. With Cloud backup you do not have the function of collaborative file sharing – when data is backed up into the cloud it is usually encrypted and stored on a secure off-site server. If your cloud backup provider is thorough it will be mirrored to an additional server to really make sure your data is safe. Real-time access to the file is usually not possible with cloud backup. However, with cloud storage applications, like Google Drive, you can share a file amongst multiple users. More than one person can access and edit the file in the cloud from different locations.
2. Data management. Cloud backup facilitates automatic backup features, that’s one of the main purposes of the application. Cloud storage on the other hand just stores your data in the cloud – no duplications or mirroring takes place. If you only have one copy in the cloud, you only have one copy. If you want to back up your data from your cloud storage application, you have to manually select it and back it up to an alternative location yourself.
3. Data security. Trustworthy cloud backup solutions always duplicate the data and mirrors it to an additional server to make provision for possible server corruption and data loss. Cloud storage however, as mentioned before, only keeps the one copy you have. Files that are lost or corrupted in the cloud storage application cannot be retrieved.
One is not better than the other, but it will benefit you tremendously to have both.