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5 Tips For A Worry-free Cloud Storage Backup

5 Tips for a Worry-free Cloud Storage backup

With so many cloud storage backup services available on the market today, people can sometimes become complacent with their data and assume that because they are already having a cloud backup, all their data is safe and secured. Well, this is usually the case, but problems can still arise due to negligence. Here are some tips and best practices that will ensure you will get the maximum benefit from your cloud storage backup.

  1. Determine Service Accessibility. What would be the point of having backup if you can’t actually access it? This should be the first thing to consider. Services like Dropbox and Google Drive have desktop applications that allow you to sync data with any computer, making it available even when there is no internet connection. All backup services offer web-based file management but not all of them offer the desktop application yet.

  2. Scalability. Most backup services offer free subscription for a very limited amount of space and if you want more, you would have to pay tiered pricing. The ability to increase storage capacity is not the only thing we mean by scalability. Its pricing should scale as well, meaning it should increase proportionally and not exponentially as storage needs grow.

  3. Security is king. We have debunked that cloud computing is less secure than traditional enterprise computing and established that it is just as secure if not more so. But that is not an excuse to turn your attention from overseeing the security of your backup. Make sure that the service provider highlights their security measures and if you happen to get into an SLA with them, make sure that security the will provide is on par with industry standards or to your own.

  4. Disaster recovery. One of the purposes of online backup is for disaster recovery, you know just in case. But your service provider is not immune to disasters so also make sure that you know exactly how and when you can get your backup in case both you and your provider are hit with disaster. If you have valuable data that needs to be restored in a moment’s notice when something fails, you should be able to work with your provider on how to do this automatically and quickly so you will not have to worry about extended downtime.

  5. Determine data permissions. If you have multiple kinds of users, make sure to have a clear understanding of who is able to access what and who cares for what. This makes things easier to manage when you know exactly who to go to when something needs to be done or needs fixing.

These are not absolute rules but will be essential in managing your data backups. Most of them are “industry common sense”, yes I made that up, meaning that those who are in this line of work do not need to be told these things because you should have already come up of this on your own. But in case you need a reminder, here they are.

By Walter Bailey

 

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