Cloud backup is surrounded by myths and misconceptions. Debunking those myths will help gain a better understanding of the importance of online backup.
April 18, 2012
By Matthew Dornquast
The cloud is surrounded by myths and uncertainties, and cloud backup is no exception. Matthew Dornquast, CEO of Code 42 Software, tackles the six most popular cloud backup misconceptions and offers his own insight into online backup.
Myth #1: Synchronization is backup. We love sync, but that’s not backup. Synchronization automatically replicates your changes (and mistakes!) to all locations. Imagine you were retouching a photo, cropped it, and saved it. Months later, you wished you could undo that crop, you’re out of luck. Your original is gone as it was synchronized.
Myth #2: All online backup providers are about the same. All backup solutions are not created equal. The ability to back up external drives and what the solution does with your deleted files are just two of the many differences which if not made aware of, can cost you extremely important files.
Myth #3: Initial online backup takes forever. While this can be true for many online backup solutions, other options offer customers the ability to “seed” their backup cloud by having a drive shipped overnight to their data centers. This can shave months off your initial backup time.
Myth #4: It takes weeks to get your files back. This too is true for most solutions. However, there are solutions that offer the option to overnight your data to you for a small fee if you’ve lost everything. Better still, follow point #6 below and you’ll have a copy nearby for free.
Myth #5: Online backup is expensive. Five dollars a month per computer can really add up, especially in offices. Four computers (three computers and media server) costs nearly $250 a year. However, some solutions offer unlimited storage for all computers as low as $6 per month, plus free private backup clouds.
Myth #6: Online backup is enough. Online backup is better than nothing, but putting all your files and photos in one basket is risky. Two destinations are infinitely better than one, so have backup onsite and offsite. Look for a plan that offers multi-destination backups, allowing you to have all of your data in as many locations as you needed.
MATTHEW DORNQUAST is the CEO of Code 42 Software, developers of CrashPlan, CrashPlan PRO and CrashPlan PROe.