There are many reasons why you need to backup your files. It makes sense because anything can happen to your harddrive or computer. But a local backup is not a full-proof guarantee. External drives do go bad as well, and worse, your location could be damaged or destroyed. Making external back-ups used to mean that you’d take your back-up tapes/cds offsite on a regular basis. But with broadband, remote back-up is more efficient and less costly.
There are basically no reasons for anyone not to be backing up their files these days. There are so many options (Carbonite, iBackup, Mozy, etc.), but in this post I will focus on the 5 best reasons why you need to backup, if you aren’t really convinced yet:
- Backing up is also ensuring that your data is in multiple locations: Storing your back-up files onsite just protects your data from your main hardrive failures. It doesn’t protect you from water and fire damage that can occur at your location. Remote or cloud back-up (too similar to differentiate in this post) ensures your data is far away from your location to be affected by any damage.
- Back-ups on CDs or tapes require manual steps. Remote back-ups are “set once and don’t worry about it” type of back-ups. Depending on the service you use, your files/data are backed-up on a regular basis once you set up the parameters.
- Fixed monthly/yearly costs are easy to budget and easy on the budget since most services start with packages at less than $10/month.
- Cloud back-up is ore reliable and come swith guarantees and service level agreements ensuring that your data is immediately available to restore if you need it. Some services also allow for you to back-up all the changes that occurred to a file so you can perform versioning and restore a different version of the file. That also calls for faster retore and back-up processes.
- A good service provider will offer a much more secure environment than you can build on your own. It’s simply a question of scale: They have the infrastructure already in place with teams to monitor hacking activity as well as processes to reduce human errors.