We’re all familiar with cloud data backup services, but how many of us actually use those services? A lot of us do use them because a variety of cloud backup providers still have quite a few customers.
They’ve been around for a while now, taking individuals’ and businesses’ data and storing all that information on their own servers. Let’s take a look at why the service is so successful and whether we should be giving them our data.
Why Do We Need It?
“Need” is a strong word, but we definitely have use for these services. Like many other services, they essentially give you the opportunity to pay them to do something that you don’t have the time to do, yourself.
When you can’t cut your grass yourself, you can hire a company to do it for you; when you don’t feel like backing up all of your documents, you can pay a service to do that for you, as well.
Before You Sign Up…
As many businesses have found, it’s possible to back up everything you need in-house, without using a service to do it. You can fairly easily take all of your documents, records, and other information, and transfer it to external drives on the premises.
You can even store it all on redundant drives if you like. This will probably end up costing you far less money and only a few man-hours to get the job done.
The Security Question
As they always have, the companies who provide data backup services claim absolute data security.
Even though their security may be ironclad, depending on which company you use, there’s always risk involved when you surrender information to a third party. It really comes down to how much you trust the company.
Selecting a Backup Service
This type of service is actually gaining even more traction now as the volume of data we have is ever-increasing, and people are beginning to use it simply to free up space on their hard drives. So if you decide to use a backup service for your business, you will find a lot of options to choose from.
You will do yourself a favor to look at all the reviews you can find about experiences others have had with various services and be as sure as possible that you can trust the company to store your data.
Stephanie is the Marketing Director at Talkroute and has been featured in Forbes, Inc, and Entrepreneur as a leading authority on business and telecommunications.
Stephanie is also the chief editor and contributing author for the Talkroute blog helping more than 100k entrepreneurs to start, run, and grow their businesses.