Cloud Backup: Smart Storage
The cloud is a term that the tech industry uses to refer to data centers all over the world that store information, which is accessible to users in real time. It is also used synonymously with the entire Internet and to specific web-based services like social networking, Google applications, photo storage apps, and online backup systems.
When you back up to the cloud, you are saving a copy of information that is on your computer (or other device) to these data centers. Usually files are stored on multiple servers, referred to as redundancy, so if one machine goes down or needs maintenance, others will pick up the slack and keep your documents accessible.
Is cloud backup better than a local backup?
In many ways, yes. A local backup, or copying your files to another computer, flash drive, or external hard drive, had been the primary way in the past of maintaining an extra copy of your files. Saving a file to flash drive made it portable, easily popped into another computer. However, flash and external drives are liable to go bad eventually, especially if they are not properly disconnected, subject to liquid damage, or corrupted by a virus that is transferred from the computer.
Cloud servers are kept in temperature-controlled rooms and professionally managed. As your data is uploaded, it is encrypted and remains encrypted on the servers, only accessible and readable to the user who logs in the associated account. Because the cloud relies on an Internet connection, you can access your files from any device that can connect to the web. If you don’t have web access, local backups would be the better option.
If you are interested in cloud-based backup, there are several companies that offer this service. Carbonite is one of the best, with both personal and business plans. See what Carbonite can offer you here: kr8.us/carbonite.
Read more about how cloud storage works at How Stuff Works here.