The question is not if, but when, you’ll be sitting in front of a computer, regretting not having backed up.
But there is more to cloud backup than disaster recovery and protection. Over the last five years, storing data in the cloud has become commonplace and thus, incredibly affordable.
Today, we will be showing you the top 7 reasons why we think Cloud backups are the right choice to make. We realize, there are a few misconceptions that need clearing up, alongside very valid objections against cloud backups.
1. You need a backup
Have you backed up your computer lately? Come on; I can see you’re already blushing.
Don’t worry, many people I ask this question to don’t have a backup. I’ve got a friend named Mike, who’s launching an outdoor boot camp business.
Fortunately, he’s signed a couple of contracts already, created personalized training regimens and takes dozens of pictures of sessions with his clients.
But does he have a backup of all that data? Unfortunately, no.
His business relies on the data he collects. Losing a contract, or training plan may cost him days to recreate at best. At worst, it can mean bankruptcy. Cloud backup services make it very easy to get started; you don’t have to deal with hard drives, backup schedules, and complicated software.
2. Recovery Versions of Files
One huge advantage of a cloud backup service is the ability to recover past versions of a file — think of it as digital time traveling.
Even if you delete a file or accidentally overwrite one with the wrong data, just browse through the file history and retrieve a previous version.
3. Continuous Data Protection in the Background
Backup software removes the hassle of having to stick to a fixed schedule and remembering to hit the “Backup Now” button.
The software sits quietly in the background, scans the operating system for changes and backs up what is necessary. The good thing about it is that subsequent backups are much faster because only the changed portions of a file will be uploaded.
4. External Hard Drive Backup
If you’re anything like me, getting an external hard drive is a good idea, because the small SSDs inside MacBooks will not cover all your storage needs.
Without a cloud backup service, get ready to start piling up HDDs upon one another, as your external hard drives start running out of space.
5. Anywhere File Access
We’ve all been there; you arrive at a meeting just to realize you’ve forgotten the presentation on a PC at home, and now need to improvise the whole thing.
Not very professional, or easy.
Most backup services have mobile apps, which allow users to recover files from anywhere where an Internet connection is present.
So, I can go in, and search for the forgotten presentation as it sits in the cloud, download it to my mobile device and all is good in the world once again.
6. Cheaper Than Traditional Backup (Initially)
You don’t have to worry about spending hundreds in hardware or backup software, to get your initial backup up and running. After a couple of years, the cost of subscriptions adds up.
But don’t forget, you need to replace hard drives as well after a couple of years (if you’re lucky).
In the case of cloud backup providers, they take care of replacing broken hard drives in their data centers and keep redundant copies of your files in distinct locations.
7. Security and Data Encryption
If you’re browsing for the ideal cloud backup solution, it’s important to make sure that it supports data encryption.
There are several encryption strategies available and covering them here would be out of the article’s scope.
Suffice it to say; that encryption should take place before data is sent to the cloud, sometimes referred to as end-to-end encryption or local encryption.
The advantage of encryption lies in a user defined key, which cannot be tampered or accessed by the backup company. Therefore, providers cannot read files uploaded to their servers, even if forced by the government or other agencies.