The Cloud is a beautiful thing. It serves us with tons of off-site utilities we would otherwise pay barrels of money to have on-site. What would we do without it? That’s an easy answer: We’d still be back in the stone age of business, tipping our hats to the much larger enterprises who overtake us and absorb our client base. The Cloud gives you power, but do you really understand that power?
Here’s the problem: Cloud technology has advanced so much that most people didn’t have the time to understand one technology before another one just popped up right out of the blue. What are we to do with such enormous change? It’s time we got our facts straight about Cloud-based backup solutions.
Cloud backup is one of the oldest off-site technologies to hit the market, and even after many years running, people still don’t fully understand what they can and cannot do with it, or what they should do to make sure it works for them. CrashPlan, a company that offers Cloud-based secure backups for a number of residences and businesses, has felt the need to debunk the following six major myths about Cloud backup:
Myth #1: Backup is like syncing a device? Actually, it’s not. While a sync might place data from one device onto another platform, it’s not like a backup, which keeps archived records of changes made to a particular piece of data. A sync doesn’t keep older versions of files, making it difficult or impossible to recover the original version.
Myth #2: All online backups work pretty much the same. This is a very common misconception stemmed from the oversimplification of the backup process. When you back up a file, it can be anything from a simple drop-off of the copy to a new location to the complexity of a fully 256-bit AES-encrypted data storage solution that protects your data from leakage, both internally and externally. Choose your backup provider carefully! Try going for a “Zero-Knowledge” policy.
Myth #3: The initial backup process is time-consuming. While this is true (even in cases where the backup solution compresses data before storage), you’d bet your bippy that there are companies that will let you send over a drive that you want backed up so they can mirror it. Just like you, online backup firms hate to waste time!
Myth #4: It takes a gruesomely long time to retrieve data. Just like the last point, this is also partly true. Many companies will give you a slower downstream to help minimize the impact of your retrieval on their servers. Some companies, however, allow you to get your files mailed to you quickly for a small fee.
Myth #5: Online backup can be costly. Many companies ask for a “per-computer” rate of around $5 with a data cap in their basic plans. Don’t forget, though, that there are also companies that let you back up an unlimited amount of data for just $6 per month per household.
Myth #6: I only need an online backup solution. While online backup is awesome, don’t underestimate the power of hard media. Keep an extra hard drive at hand with a mirrored copy of everything on your computer. You won’t regret it! Together with an online backup, even a fire can’t stop you!
Hopefully, these six points will clear something up for you in the end and help you consider getting a backup solution. Cloud-based online backup solutions are paramount for protecting data coming from your home, your employees and your office.