Cloud Sync: Things like Google Drive, Dropbox and iCloud are services that sync up a folder with your computer. When a file changes in one place, the sync service hurries to change it on your computer also. This way they are always the same. Cloud Sync is great for remote employees, traveling, and doing work outside your home and/or office. Super easy, no training, and the free services are ample for most people. Sounds great until something goes wrong. If you accidentally delete a file it is gone from the Cloud Sync drive...almost immediately. If disaster strikes and your original copy becomes corrupted...so does the synced file. Some Cloud Sync services now offer a 30 day backup option, let's just hope you notice the problem file within those 30 days!
Cloud Storage: Amazon S3 and Microsoft Azure are examples of huge buildings full of storage drives that work just like your hard drive, except you access them through the internet. When you use a cloud sync app like Dropbox, they are actually sending your data to one of these storage buildings. You can access cloud storage on a per/GB basis yourself and upload your entire backup as desired. It won’t update with changes on your local network, but it will be safe from disaster. When you need to retrieve a file, you simply login and download it. Your data is secure, protected, and always available to you. Problem is that this is a high risk solution because it relies on you to handle the back up plan and manually take care of the uploads.
Cloud Backup: Carbonite, Backblaze backup, and Crashplan might not be names you’ve heard before, but they work in the background to monitor changes to files on your computer or network and make sure you’re backed up. You can roll back individual files or drives, and even select from earlier backups. Like sync services, they use cloud storage buildings with extra-high security and your data is always there when you need it. Even better, you need to worry about when it was last done.
So which do you need?
We recommend the 3-2-1 strategy. This means having 3 copies. Two of them locally (on your computer AND on an external drive) and the third offsite in the cloud. This keeps you operating when data disaster occurs. We can help set up your 3-2-1 method, including selecting the best cloud service for your needs. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective solution that gives the utmost peace of mind, ask about our managed backup service.
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