Why it's important and how to get started.

Saving things to "The Cloud", or "cloud back-up" has become a common expression both in business and home computing. But what is "The Cloud"? and why is it important to use it?

Cloud backup, also known as online backup, is a strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over the internet to an off-site server.

Even from that simple description is easy to see how this service could be advantageous. Physical devices such as a USB drive can break, be lost or stolen. Managing your own local backup costs time and money. You now have the option to save your data to a secure server to ensure that your back-ups are safe.

Files selected for backup are encrypted before transmission to a cloud vault and remain encrypted once they reach their destination. The only decryption key resides with the customer - you.

You also have any time, anywhere access. Having data in the cloud allows you and your customers to have access to their data anytime and anywhere. As long as there is access to the Internet, through a computer or a smartphone app, all files are readily available.

Perhaps the most important reason to keep a copy of files offsite is for disaster recovery. Natural disasters like fire, hurricanes, and flooding, or man-made disasters like theft, hacking or terrorism could put both the computers and the backups out of your reach.

Keeping backed-up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office.

If you need advice on what cloud-based backup service would be best suited for you feel free to give us a call or email us and we would be happy to help.

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