One of the most common objections we hear from users reluctant to make the switch to online backup is the wide variety of cheap cloud storage services on the market today. Who needs online backup when you have Dropbox, Google Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive, right? Unfortunately, that’s where a lot of users are wrong.
When it comes to online backup versus cloud storage, there seems to be a lot of confusion. You know the geometry mantra “All squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares“? Cloud storage and online backup have a similar relationship. All online backup includes cloud storage, but not all cloud storage should be used for online backup.
Let’s start by taking a look at cloud storage. These types of services offer a number of pros that can’t be overlooked. First and foremost, they give users a ton of storage for ridiculously cheap, usually just a few dollars per month. When you upload your files to a cloud storage provider, they’re accessible anywhere you have access to the internet, allowing you to easily share files with others.
While this all sounds great for that application, the pitfalls of cloud storage appear when users attempt to use it as a full backup solution:
Online backup fills the gaps left by cloud storage in these categories. Take Gillware Online Backup for example:
Now of course online backup doesn’t have all the same pros as cloud storage. It tends to be more expensive, but when it comes to data security, you get what you pay for. Is it worth saving a few bucks a month to risk the safety and privacy of your critical data? Additionally, it’s not built for file sharing, so if you’re looking for a way to share documents and photos with others, a file sharing service like Dropbox would be a great complement to online backup, not a replacement.
The bottom line? Cloud storage and online backup are two great services meant for two totally different applications. Know which is best for what you’re using it for, and don’t leave the safety of your precious data up to chance.