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Cloud-based server backup service is a trending data storage option for enterprise server backup. Following the “Basket and Egg Theory”, a cloud backup service supposes storing data on many virtual servers owned by third parties rather than storing data to a single company dedicated server. Handy Backup presents next options for cloud-based backup:
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The service features one of the market’s lowest price, actually going down over time. Plus, individual payment plans is a common practice for corporate users.
Handy Backup Cloud servers are located in a secure fire-flood-burglary-fool-proof data center run by professional data engineers.
The featured Cloud solution manages backup of files, folders, apps, databases, server platforms, and other data. Which can set to take place incrementally, differentially, and with an encryption enabled.
Cloud storage generally excludes the risk of data loss by local disasters (such as mechanical damage of storage) and provides users with practically unlimited volume capacity. But there are disadvantages of backup to the cloud, too. So, let’s have a closer look on pros and cons of cloud-based server backup services.
The main benefit of a cloud-based server backup service you basically purchase the essence of a service, without extra over-costs. The essence is its volume capacity. Meanwhile purchasing common on-site storage, you have to deal with extra expense items over the volume capacity.
For example, you need to manage the hardware’s “health” monitoring, repairs, and upgrades. Cloud-based server backup services commonly dismisses these expense items from a company’s IT-budget.
Another important advantage of cloud-based server backup services is the minimization of human error factors. As researches of data recovery market report, at least a quarter of all data loss incidents due to inappropriate server backup are caused by human errors (incorrectly performed disk partitioning, outdated backup schedule, coffee-into-hardware accidents, etc.).
However, the cloud server backup is reasonably believed to reduce the human error risk, as the data centers managing the storage are commonly operated by professional data engineers.
Also, cloud-based backup services are naturally a green computing option. As the Carbon Disclosure Project reports, cloud computing is to help large U.S. companies saving $12.3 billion on energy costs and cut out 85.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually by 2020.
One of the main issues of using a cloud-based server backup service is the nature of the service: you don’t own it, you rent. So, the cost-efficiency of a service really depends on the volume of data to be stored. However, the costs tend to go down over time, and new data storage plans appear ($ per GB, $ per the number of machines, etc.). So, it looks like an optimal cloud storage strategy might be figured out in most cases.
Another issue closely related to the above one is the availability of backed up data. Cloud backup server vendor can one day experience an outage (even the biggest might occasionally fail). To exclude that risk, it is highly recommended to choose well-reputed backup vendors, practicing the multi-data-center data distribution and backup. Like Handy Backup.
Also, cloud-based backup services depend on the network bandwidth. With a low-speed connection, cloud server backup might be quite time-consuming.
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