There are two key advantages to online backups, and whether or not you ultimately need one will depend on how important these two key advantages are to you. For a significant portion of internet users, “The Cloud” represents something hazy and unknown. Because of that, many people are reluctant to trust their data to it.
While there may have been something to that in the earliest days of the cloud, that’s certainly not the world we live in today. Today’s cloud and cloud-based service providers often offer greater flexibility and security, at prices you couldn’t begin to match if you had to invest in the physical equipment and infrastructure necessary to perform a large backup.
When most people think of performing a backup, they tend to think in terms of buying an external hard drive or other media and backing up their data locally. That’s a great first step, but of course, if something happens to your physical location, both your existing system and your backup will be at risk, which is one of the advantages of the cloud. It’s everywhere, and nowhere at the same time, which means that no matter what happens to your physical location, your data is going to be safe, secure, and at your fingertips.
The first of the key advantages to cloud-based backups is the fact that it’s so easy to scale. Need a terabyte of storage space online? Done. Need ten? Twenty? More than that? Also easily done, and again, at a price much lower than you’d pay for that kind of physical storage capacity.
The second key advantage is the fact that once your data has been backed up to the cloud, you can access it from anywhere. If your physical location is knocked offline for some reason, you can grab your laptop or smart device, log into your account online, and still have full access to your data. That kind of convenience is hard to top, and is one of the primary reasons people ultimately choose to go with some kind of Cloud-based storage and backup solution.
Whatever your reasons, finding the “right” cloud-based vendor to handle your backups can be a bewildering adventure. If you think it’s something you might be interested in, give us a call and let us help you find the right solution for your specific needs.