Monday, 12 October 2015 16:05

Top 10 Reasons to use a cloud based backup

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Its that time of week/month/ah crap I haven't done a backup for at least a year and my computer took nearly 4 hours to turn on again and you need to go dig out the trusty old USB backup drive.


Last time you plugged it in, it took 30 mins to discover on your computer, said it was almost full and needed to be scanned to repair bad sectors. Then again, last time you plugged it in, you put it in a really safe place and can't remember where that safe place was. You do remember "borrowing" the cable from it to use with your printer before the dog chewed it and threw it out but you're sure you have another one somewhere.


So drive found, its still making that strange noise but its plugged in and working. You've cleared enough off it to make a backup, reinstalled your "free demo" of easus backup (other backup software is available but this one is pretty good) and you're about to settle down for the weekend whilst the backup creaks to completion.


Monday morning comes around, backups has finally finished and you're off to work safe in the knowledge that your current backup is done and once again you're data is safe.... then again.......


Have you ever tried to restore the data, you know just to confirm that the backup has worked..


That document that you were working on on Friday, the one that you did wrong so you didnt bother saving and overwriting the correct vesion, did you actually click don't save or did you just click ok.... 


(can you feel the dread sinking in yet?)


If your computer doesn't start when you get into the office, can you cope with the wait whilst you restore your backup to another pc, do you know how long it will take, I mean it took all weekend to back up, surely it wont take 2 days to restore, if the drive works, if the restore is successful, if you can remember the safe place again, if the dog hasn't chewed the usb cable again. If the backup software is still free and you can install it on your new pc.


(I'm actually cacking in now writing this post as it brings back years of IT Disaster Recovery Nightmares)


Is there something else I can do, there has to be a better way that hopefully doesn't cost the earth..


There is...


Actually there's a bunch of products out there.


We've had a play with a few of them, found one we really liked and stuck with it. 


So why use an online backup - I'm finally getting to the top 10 reasons

1. Continous backup - thats right, work on a document, save it, its then instantly backed up to the cloud


2. No backup device - never again hunt for the missing usb drive


3. Multi Device Support - Who only has 1 deivce nowadays anyway?


4. Save Multiple editions of the same document - Never again worry about over writing a document, in fact, you can even restore the first version ever written if you need it


5. Online access - Damm you've left your pc at home but you need that powerpoint presentation of the funny holiday form that you can't click book a holiday on, not to worry you can log on to your backup via the web and download it to a new pc


6. Quick restore - The worst has happened, your laptop has finally died, not to worry, once your new pc is set up download the files you need there and then whilst running the full restore process in the background for the rest of your data (or, realise that you don't need a spreadsheet from 1998 and use this time to do some data housekeeping)


7. Your Data is Safe - This can be a pro or con. Deal with the right company and your data is nice and safe and secure, backed up and locked in a nice big data farm with a great business continuity plan and you can access it as and when you need to - NOT in a "safe place" in your house/car/could be anywhere to be honest accessable by anyone who could restore it where they want.


8. Works on any operating system - one backup solution that looks the same no matter what its on.. Not Time Machine for a Mac, Something else on windows, a random app on your phone and command line code on your ubuntu box.


9.  Cost Effective - if you chose well, some companies limit the amount of data or devices you can back up. They can basically hold your partial data to ransom.. "Dear Mr Bloggs you've successfully backed up 2gb of your 100gb of data, in order to keep the rest safe please pay us lots more money"... Check what you're getting


10. You can share your files - Once its backed up you have the ability to share your files. There are times when you can't send the 100mb photo folder to Aunty Nelly in Asutralia. You don't really like We Transfer and it still limits the size of the file you can send or you just have another work colleague who needs access to some files. Well give them access via the web and they are ready to work instantly.




There's still a lot that needs to be done to put the right backup strategy in place for you or your business. Do your research, test some products ask for advise. We're here to help. We've been to market and we've found what we think are the best two products that we're happy to offer (plus we get a reseller discount so can save you some money).


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