Cloud Backup - Where Does My Data Go?


Clouds are all around us, literally. They are free roamers and can pop up here and there and disintegrate leaving behind clear skies. Can you imagine if the data data we send to the cloud behaves the same? What a disaster that would be. But l am here to shed a few light on Cloud Backup so non IT persons can have a very good appreciation for the technology. Let me first dissect the two separate technologies in use when we use the term, "Backup To Cloud." There is the process of backup and then there is the process of sending that backup somewhere.

Backup
Backup in the world of Information Technology is basically securing a copy of your production data in the event of any form of disaster. This disaster could be man made or environment.  A man made disaster is like someone deleting an entire database, or an hacker gaining access to your data and erasing it. While natural disasters could be fire, flooding hurricane etc. When your IT professional tags data to backup, that information needs storage. That storage could be on Tape, Network Attached Storage (NAS) or a Storage Area Network (SAN) or at a total different location. It is critical in all production environment to always have a onsite and offsite up to date backup. Offsite backup is needed in-case of wide scale building damage which renders all tapes, hard drive and computers useless.

Cloud
The cloud is not complicated at all. It is basically a suite of services which can be accessed anywhere you are in the world at any time.  There is no limitation to the free roaming cloud. So let us say you need to acquire data storage from a cloud provider.  Consumers and businesses alike are relying on it for storage. The large selection and accessibility make them a must-have when looking for off-site storage. They provide scalability, global accessibility, a wide selection of prices, and security. Individuals or businesses trying to expand or improve their storage can, and usually do, choose cloud above other options. The cloud simply puts your storage somewhere else. Instead of keeping it on a local system, such as your own home computer, you have it available through an online storage system. The storage is in another system housed and maintained by a separate company. These companies make sure that data remains secure and accessible for their clients to avoid leaks or security risks if someone were to gain access to the system. You can keep all files, photos, and whatever else you upload on the cloud storage without fears.

The Marriage - Backup To The Cloud
So now that backup and cloud has married, we then know what backing up to the cloud will be all about, it is simply storing your data at some secure location where it can be readily accessed at anytime from anywhere. One thing consumers must always do due diligence before buying into any cloud storage. 
 
Questions should be asked such as:
 
1. Where are the exact location of your backup cloud servers? 
2. What kind of protection exist on your cloud network?
3. Who are the people that have access to your data on these servers?
4. What kind of physical protection do you have for your cloud servers?
5. Is your cloud being backup?
6. Where is your cloud being backup up?
7. What's the cost for storage?
8. How can you access the data from the cloud?
9. Types of Applications which can be backup?

Once you are provided with credible answers to the questions above, then you can choose which online backup  services are best for you.

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