Despite what people may have heard about cloud backup providers, they are not all one-size-fits-all. The services offered by some of the most common cloud companies are actually quite diverse. It is true that each company stores data remotely on the cloud, but that is typically where the major similarities end.
Main Backup Plan Categories
There are two main plans when choosing a cloud based backup service: 1) group and 2) per-computer.
- Group plans are much like friends and family data sharing plans provided by cell phone carriers. All computers in the network can take advantage of a chunk of storage space for one flat fee. It costs additional money to add more computers or more storage. For many businesses, this type of plan is ideal. Some computers in a network may use more data than others and it would be a waste to pay for each computer individually.
- Per-computer plans are just the opposite of group plans. Each computer that is protected has a set amount of storage space on the cloud. Prices are determined in a similar way as group plans, but with more flexibility when adding extra computers. This type of plan is great for companies with many devices that each need a large amount of storage space.
Checklist to a Superior Backup
Apart from the two main differences in pricing, there are a ton of additional features that customers can choose from when deciding which provider is right for their needs. Some of the options include:
- File Sharing
Typically, cloud backup does not facilitate file sharing between individual computers even if they are on the same network. However, more people are realizing the benefits to such a system and want their remote backup service to help out in this regard.
- Faster Recover With a Hard Copy
An initial backup can take days or even weeks to complete depending on how large are the systems that are being stored. For people who do not want to wait that long to recover lost data after a catastrophe, they should choose a provider that offers a hard copy of saved data for a faster upload.
- Helpful Guidance
Excellent customer service is essential to a positive experience in the remote backup industry, especially if the backup up process is largely managed by the client. Getting help through each step of the way makes the process smoother.
- Manage on the Move
The world is going mobile, and some remote storage options allow their users to perform backup tasks with their cellular devices. This makes creating a backup easier for those accustomed to mobile apps.
Although price is not necessarily a feature, the cost of remote storage is a large aspect of choosing a cloud storage provider. Some providers offer discounts only to customers who sign a longer contract, while others companies have low rates all the time.
- Trial Period
A popular option that customers love is a free, no-risk trail period. This is a great way to test out the cloud technology and see if a specific provider is the right fit.
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