Would you trust your valuable business data to a free or cheap backup service?
That is what many unsuspecting small and mid size businesses are doing these days. The promise of unlimited space for a backup at little to no cost in some instances seems too good to be true, and it is. There are many companies out there that are promising to backup your data for free. Now as a small business owner yourself I ask you, what would happen if you gave away your products and services for free? You would not be in business for very long. While some of these companies are promising to backup your data for pennies, there are other companies out there offering online backup software for a bit higher of a price and some people just can’t seem to figure out why there is such a difference. As businesses have been seeing a rise in the need for more efficient backup and disaster recovery policies, the market has seen a number of companies rise up to help fill this void. How do you choose which company to allow to backup your valuable business data? Here are a few things to look for when selecting an online backup service:
Security. There are many ways in which security comes into play with regards to online backup. First and foremost you need to make sure that the company that you choose to do business with offers high levels of encryption. Encryption can come into play when the backup is started on the end user side, it should be sent to the company using an SSL connection and the company should not keep a copy of your encryption key. You will be safest with a company that is up front and tells you that they DO NOT keep a copy of your encryption key. This insures that they are within compliance and that nobody can access your data unless they are authorized to do so by having your encryption key. Many of the cheap or free services will maintain a copy of the encryption key within their servers which is not considered secure at all.
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Redundancy. If you are choosing a company to backup your data, wouldn’t you expect that company to be practicing what they preach? For maximum security and protection you should be sure that the company that you have backing you up is backing up themselves. As a backup company, one data center or in some cases a couple of servers in their closet is simply not enough. If you want to be sure that your data is available to you when you need it you should work with a company that backs itself up.
Data Retention. What would happen if you accidentally deleted a file on your computer that were backing up and didn’t realize that until a few weeks later? If you are working with a viable online backup company you would be able to get that file back. However with many of the cheap/free online backup services, if you were to delete a file on your end they will delete it within their servers in as little as a few weeks and sometimes days. Because these cheap services have very little revenue coming in to support the cost of doing business, they need to find ways to keep the usage down on their servers. With a service that might cost a little bit more you will find that they will be retaining data on their end until you tell the backup software it is time to delete the files.
Bandwidth Utilization. Bandwidth has a cost. In the instance of the cheap online backup services they will limit the amount of data and speed of uploads and downloads in order to minimize cost. With a legitimate online backup service you will be allowed to transfer as much data as you need without incurring any slow downs or penalties. Some of our competitors have a reputation of "trickle-down" restores, file restorations that take weeks to complete. From http://www.cameronparkcomputer.com/backups_that_work_right.html.
Mark Anthony Germanos is the President of Cameron Park Computer Services, a premier Sacramento IT company providing IT services, IT solutions and IT support. Cameron Park Computer Services, at http://www.cameronparkcomputer.com/you_will_save_money_with_the_cloud.html, moves clients to the Cloud. “The Cloud is among the best IT solutions we’ve ever offered,” says Germanos, “I’ve been in the IT service and IT support business since 1992. When you run your business in the Cloud, your data is always available, available from anywhere and the cost is usually less. Does your IT company offer IT services, IT support and CloudU certified staff that can provide today’s IT solutions at affordable prices”? www.cameronparkcomputer.com does.