Why Online Data Storage?

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

We all own a ton of data these days and have a variety of methods for storing it in the home. We’re all familiar with writing our data to CD’s, DVD’s, flash pens and external hard drives, aren’t we? Of course, though, sometimes we forget to backup all of our important data to our external devices for one reason or another…mainly because manual data storage is a tedious task! And as a result of this, our computer’s files are often at risk, whether it be our online bank statements, important documents, or media such as videos, music and photos. In fact, even our CD’s and DVD’s, etc, may be at risk.

Let’s have a look at the reasons why:

-          Loss and theft – We have a tendency to lose things. And that includes notebooks and small storage devices. If your house were to be burgled, lightweight items such as these are usually the first things thieves will grab

-          House fire – Another one of those things you never think will happen to you. But when it does, and all of your precious data was stored inside, how do you get it back…?

-          Natural disasters – These forces of nature can destroy houses—and data—in a matter of seconds…

-          Children – Adults often panic when they notice these small people lurking around their computers or other devices. There is a horrible link between spillages and those with less than six years under their belts…

Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do about any of these disasters. Computers will always break, and be lost and stolen. Fact.

But one thing we can all do is backup our files with online data storage.

Online data storage backs up files to its heavily encrypted dedicated servers automatically which protect them in the event of a disaster hitting your computer, and offer an instant recovery from anywhere in the world.


Online Data Storage and Milk

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

It’s always frustrating to find that you’ve left that pint of milk in the fridge past the sell-by-date. In a way, this could be highlighting how paramount data storage is.

But what on earth has milk got to do with data storage?

Well, just like milk, your data can be left on your computer or notebook for too long, meaning that there’s a risk it could go off and become unusable—not because data ‘goes off’ per se, but because hard drives do.

It’s an unfortunate reality, but it’s true that hard drives, like milk, just weren’t created to last forever. This goes for storage devices such as CD’s, DVD’s, and flash drives too.

Milk needs to be stored at a certain temperature, so you could try to get around this problem by storing your data using tape backups, which themselves need to be stored in cool temperatures.

But this all sounds a little too much, doesn’t it? Surely there’s a simpler and more cost effective way?

Luckily there is, yes. It’s called online data storage. By using this method, all of your data could be stored remotely in an environment specifically created for storing and securing your important files. Because you wouldn’t be storing your data solely on your hard drive anymore, it wouldn’t be so bad if it went off.

You could say that online data storage freezes your files, and then thaws them out in seconds in order for instant recovery should you need them. Note: This does not mean your milk should be frozen too!

So remember, there’s nothing wrong with having files on your computer, it’s just always wise to have them backed up to online data storage just in case your hard drive goes off!


Data Storage – Where did it All Begin?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The amount of data in existence today is anyone’s guess (and no one should try to work it out unless they fancy themselves a week-long migraine). We of course now have straight forward methods of backing up our data.

It wasn’t always this way though—so how did it all begin?

It may seem like data storage is a relatively new system, but we’ve in fact been using it for many years. And in terms of what data storage is, it’s never really changed either; a file is created, it’s saved, and then a backup is created just in case.

Let’s go back to the beginning…

Remember punch cards? If this isn’t the case, don’t worry—they were first introduced in the 50s! Also known as IBM cards and used by the textile industry to store loom patterns, they consisted of lines of numbers with holes punched in specific areas. The holes then communicated the information to early computers. Because they were easy to create and were so effective, they became the first method of data storage.

Next to arrive was the magnetic tape which became widely used in the 1970s. Although they started out large in size, they offered greater levels of data storage than their punched card counterpart, with one roll capable of storing the equivalent of ten thousand punched cards. These of course later turned into floppy and laser discs, SD cards, and CD’s.

Modern day data storage has combined all of this history and turned into ‘online data storage’. Business or personal data can now be stored on third party servers and accessed remotely through computers, notebooks, or mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones. From a user’s viewpoint, this means they can utilize an affordable storage system without having to physically carry their data between locations.

It’s taken a long time to get here, but with online data storage the dawn of a new backup age has fallen upon us, promising the best levels of security and peace of mind ever in the history of data storage.


Online Data Storage Good for Marriage?

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

OK, don’t take this too literally…because online data storage is awful at offering marital advice, and is equally awful at remembering birthdays. It can, however, remember your anniversary—or at least what happened on the day that started it all, anyway. It can remember it from start to finish, from the ceremony itself at the church, to the reception after party, all the way up to the latter part of the evening where your uncle (two bottles of wine in) decided to get up and dance the funky chicken. Well nobody’s perfect, are they?

But the point is, your day’s precious moments of happiness, romance, friends and family—and funky chicken dancing uncle—will never be forgotten thanks to online data storage. That’s because it goes one step beyond regular local backup and offers maximum levels of protection for your photos and videos. And how’s that? Well, imagine your now entering into the next few days following your wedding. You’ve received all of your photos from your photographer and friends. You take a look at them all and feel safe in the knowledge that you have hundreds of photos of which you’ll treasure forever. Five years pass by. Since the wedding, you’ve had to replace your old PC due to a hard drive error. Luckily just after the wedding, though, you were smart and saved all your photos to a CD.

Fast forward to the present. It’s just a normal Saturday—but for some reason you’re feeling a bit nostalgic and would like to take a trip back down the aisle. There’s only one problem: you can’t find the CD. You try to contact your photographer…but he’s out of business. You contact your friends and family…but they’ve since deleted the photos.

Screaming and panic ensues…

Nightmare, right? This is why online data storage is so important. It can, put simply, back up all of your photos to a remote third party server (of which is protected by government grade encryption software) and enable you access to these files whenever you want, and, wherever you want. Basically, no matter what happens, you can never lose your precious wedding day memories.

Online data storage may be useless at remembering where you left your wedding ring—but it’ll never forget the day you first wore it.


Google Drive and the Fine Print Fiasco

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Much has been said of the fine print in Google Drive’s terms of use which has set many a user’s alarm bell ringing recently. The people who have voiced their opinions without yet signing up are the lucky section of the public. But unfortunately for the other section who’ve already signed up, they are left with a couple of awful questions:

-          Just what exactly is the terms of use trying to imply when it comes to the privacy and usage of my data?

and

-          What would happen to my backed up data if I were to cancel my subscription?

How awful it is that people are having to face these questions in light of the fact that online data storage at its core is supposed to radiate trust and good intentions to customers.

One need only look at a random selection of other online data storage providers to understand exactly the kind of things users want to see. For example, here are a couple of terms of use statements from DropBox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive:

DropBox – ‘You retain full ownership to your stuff. We don’t claim any ownership to any of it. These Terms do not grant us any rights to your stuff or intellectual property except for the limited rights that are needed to run the Services, as explained below.’

SkyDrive – ‘Except for material that we license to you, we don’t claim ownership of the content you provide on the service. Your content remains your content. We also don’t control, verify, or endorse the content that you and others make available on the service.’

And so it seems it is certainly possible to put customers at ease when it comes to online data storage. Furthermore, Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, has been quoted as saying (in regards to Google Drive): ‘The terms of service are bad, but even worse is that Google has made clear it will change its terms of service whenever it wishes.’ He also went on to say ‘After the unilateral changes on March 1st, I don’t understand why users would trust Google to stand by its terms of service.’

It certainly seems that Google Drive needs to start centring its attention on representing itself as a trusted means of backup storage rather than a company who may contain misleading privacy policies.


Data Storage: Spoilt For Choice

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

With 3 new giants wading into the data storage market in the last 10 days, data storage is leaving us really rather spoilt for choice.

Whilst choice is always a good thing how do you determine which is the data storage provider for you? Firstly I would like to draw your attention to the comparisons section of this review site, it does a great job of helping you work out who is for you, so if you are confused head there!

Like all choices you have to work out your needs and then which data storage provider best fulfils them. Make a list of the reasons you are looking for a data storage provider, then one of what your require it do and thirdly consider how much you are willing to pay. Data storage, cloud storage and pc backup providers all vary in features, storage limits and price, so it is well worth exploring the market.

Fundamentally data storage is designed to protect your files from unpreventable events such as hard drive failure, human error and natural disaster. With 1 in 10 laptops being stolen too, data storage, whilst not able to return your laptop to you, could restore your files meaning that the loss, whilst irritating, is only superficial.

The greatest advantage to being spoilt of choice is you are able to find exactly the right data storage provider for your needs.

 


Mirrored Data Centers Offer Yet More Data Storage Protection

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A lot of people who still haven’t subscribed to online data storage are still unaware of the extra data protection which a lot of reputable companies can now offer. They are aware that these companies can easily and quickly back up their valuable files such as music, photos and documents, but still seem to think that their would-be data storage centers, which would house their files, are still prone to lose or damage them.

Firstly, in terms of file damage, whether it be from viruses or malware, for example, this is extremely unlikely. Data storage vendor’s main philosophy is to protect and store your work as safely and securely as possible, which is why companies such as JustCloud have teams of data center monitors overseeing their servers at all times.

But what if the data center was to experience problems, or in the worst case, data loss? As unlikely as this is, there is still a possibility. And so this is why many vendors employ the use of a mirrored data center. Confused? Don’t be. It’s really fairly straightforward. A mirrored data center simply creates a duplicate copy of the original data center. This way, if anything were to go wrong, there is always a backup plan. So when it comes to considering online data storage, there really is no need to worry!


Business Backup Saves Big Bucks

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Business backup is a growing industry. As more and more stories of large corporations being hacked hit the headlines and the high cost of data loss leaking to the press, business everywhere are reassessing their business backup provisions.

Obviously the size and nature of your company influence the amount of money you can save by switching to a business backup provider, but fundamentally savings can be made in these three areas. Staff, Bills and Space.

Lets start with space. Internal servers can be cumbersome, they need constant monitoring and maintenance and have to be stored in specific conditions in order to work effectively. As well as space to sit they need to be in an air conditioned facility in order to prevent them from over heating. This can equate to a lot of space, especially if your company is growing. If you are renting or even if you own your office property, this space could be used much more effectively to generate more business or provide your staff with a more affluent working environment. Online business backup can afford you these things as all your data will be stored on remote servers.

Businesses are all about making money, business backup can’t help you make it, but it can help you save it.  Staff are vital to any business, but if an in house IT Team are draining your budget using a third party business backup provider is the answer. By taking your data storage elsewhere you automatically save staffing costs as all maintenance, monitoring and security are provided as standard by business backup companies.

Finally you save on that dreaded word….bills. With electricity prices increasing year on year the cost of powering and maintaining your servers does to. Business backup can cut these costs for you too as they are already incorporated into the package price.

Business will need to approach moving to their data storage needs to a business backup provider like any business deal, with research and investigation, but as you can see from the three simple points above, business backup could save you big bucks.


The Sky Is Full Of Clouds

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

The sky maybe full of white fluffy clouds where you are, but in the land of cloud backup the sky is getting pretty thick too. With new cloud backup providers hitting the market almost weekly it begs the question, what is cloud backup?

Cloud backup is the process by which you store copies of your computer files on an encrypted file server in a remote location through a third party in order to protect them, access them and share them with ease.

By backing up your files to an online data storage centre you are doing what is known as storing them ‘in the cloud.’ The term cloud has been adopted as it is representative of the idea that your files are stored in the ether from which you can pluck them at anytime via any internet ready device.

Once stored in the cloud your files can be accessed anytime, anywhere via your PC, Laptop, Tablet or smartphone. If, for example, you store your music collection in the cloud you would be able to access it all whenever you wanted rather than rely on the memory capacity of your mp3 player. The same would apply to your films, photographs and work.

Cloud backup also makes sharing your files with other easier. Gone are the days of emailing individual files to friends and family, now you can email them one link and grant them access to a who album of photo’s or songs in one easy step.

The other function of cloud backup is to protect your files. Online storage is without question the safest way to house your files. Encrypted on upload and during storage, your files remain in a jumbled state until the time which you choose to download them. By doing this they are protected from viruses, hackers and unwanted access.

From this simple explanation alone it is easy to see why cloud backup is on the increase, as our production of data increases so does our need to protect it.


Cloud Backup Could Be The Answer

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

As data loss becomes an ever increasing headline in our daily lives, it begs the question, if the common man has got to grips with cloud backup, why on earth haven’t businesses?

Data loss in the USA costs businesses between 2 & 5% of their annual revenue every year. I would bet my data on it that this equates to way more than the cost of a good cloud backup provider. So why the delay?

Some might say fear of the unknown. Companies who are storing vital data are always going to be hesitant to hand over their files to a newcomer in the data storage game when they continue to use their traditional methods and hope for the best. The problem is as technology develops and the way in which we use computers and the internet diversifies so are our means of taking care of our files.

Cloud backup is a safe and secure way to protect your files against loss, theft and damage. It also grants you advantages simply not possible by predecessors. Financial grade encryption is the key feature for businesses looking to backup as it protects your data from hackers and viruses. It can also help prevent data loss, if for example an disgruntled employee were to go rogue and try and steal, destroy or tamper with files.

Another key advantage of cloud backup for businesses is automated backup. By scheduling backups to take place at a frequency suitable to your output you know longer have to rely on your staff to remember to backup your files.

These two features of cloud backup maybe seem relatively minor, but they could save businesses millions of dollars a year in lost revenue. Cloud backup isn’t something to be afraid of, a good provider should be able to offer 99.99% safety, meaning your files couldn’t be in safer hands.

Cloud backup is the future, all you have to do is sign up.