Categories: Backup, Cloud Posted by Leo Alvin Alexander on 3/19/2012 9:30 AM | Comments (1)

In today's age of constant communication and instant data sharing, it's become even more important than ever to have an accessible way to backup your data. This is not simply due to the much larger volume of data being sent today, but is also influenced by the security of these instant communications. After all, you can't get around the reality that freely sharing information creates a number of security risks. Either the system of your device could be corrupted or the data itself could be lost. These security risks make backing up your files a very important maintenance issue, and cloud backup is one of the best ways to accomplish this.

Backing up your data on the cloud makes this whole process much simpler in a number of ways. Not only is it a very low-cost backup option, but it is also a very easily accessible option. Both of these factors play upon each other to make cloud backup one of the best solutions for backup that is on the market today.

Cost

The cost of cloud backup is based upon the amount of space you want to take up on a cloud server. Most cloud backup companies will have a pricing scheme laid out very clearly that will be based upon different levels of storage space. On the whole, this storage space is much more affordable than the space you'd find at a comparable data backup site that didn't offer cloud services.

This lower pricing is due mostly to the somewhat less extensive security measures that are in place with cloud backup companies. Since your information will be available through a myriad of devices due to the very nature of cloud computing, the security is inherently more lax to accommodate that. This isn't to say that there is a lack of security in place, just not on the order of what is found at more "bomb proof" backup services that are meant to be accessed via a dedicated source.

Accessibility

Of course, the major benefit of cloud backup is that it is easily accessed by your various devices at a moment's notice. This makes it useful not only for regular data backup, but also for data accessibility across your various devices. When you store data to your cloud service, the data will also be accessible through your smartphone, your computer, your tablet, or any other device that you have connected to the cloud. If you want to have constant access to your information, this is another great benefit that backup in the cloud has over more traditional backup services on dedicated individual servers.

It is also possible for people other than you to access your data when it is backed up to the cloud. This is especially useful for business owners that have a lot of people working out in the field. Instead of your employees coming into the office to access contracts and invoicing directly from your home system, they can access all of this information quickly and efficiently through their laptop, smartphone, or tablet.

Putting It All Together

There are a lot of reasons to back up to the cloud. Cloud backup is quickly becoming the "go to" solution for business and personal data accessibility, and it makes the whole process of backing up information much simpler. While there are some unique security issues that people need to keep in mind whenever they pursue any type of cloud computing, the speed and ease of use is enough to meet the needs of nearly anyone. With the greater security measures being placed on cloud systems, these issues will only become less prevalent.

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Leo Alvin Alexander is an online writer/blogger currently working for an IT consulting firm based in New York City that offers different managed IT services including cloud computing solutions like cloud backup and storage for businesses.


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