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8 reasons to backup your data to the cloud

Jan-Jaap Jager, Acronis Vice President of Asia Pacific/Japan and Emerging Markets | Sept. 8, 2015
If you use a computer, digital camera or a mobile phone, you most likely have experienced the pain of losing data and the stressful realisation that the files may never be recovered.

6. To prolong life of data.
Hardware devices and storage media have limited lifespan. Remember floppy disks? While the data on old floppy disks may be intact, modern-day personal computers no longer support them. Therefore, when performing a backup it is important to consider how the data will be restored in the future.

It is also important to differentiate between file synchronisation (which mirrors content of a local folder with the cloud) and file backup, which keeps a copy of older files, even when they are removed from the source computer.

Backup systems such as Time Machine for Mac, Windows Backup for PC, or other file synchronisation software, do not provide long-term file storage. If a file is deleted from the computer, it will eventually be gone from the backup too.

Most Internet users already use the likes of iCloud, Dropbox or Google Drive, for file sharing across multiple devices. Full system backup, however, requires special software and is often overlooked.

Copying files to the cloud with a help of advanced backup software guarantees file security and compatibility with future devices. It also means your grandchildren will be able to show your photographs to their kids.

Data is everywhere, created in different locations, in different forms, on different platforms with different hardware and input devices, and protecting all that data is not easy, especially from one single solution. However, that is exactly what Acronis AnyData Technology does. It works with anything, no matter where the data came from — virtual or physical servers, iOS or Android mobile devices, Windows or Linux environments.

AnyData Technology is at the core of Acronis backup software. It is designed to capture, store, recover and access data across workload types, and has a breakthrough approach for simplifying and unifying data management.

7. Moving files between platforms.
Moving from an iOS device to Android? Running a backup through the cloud may be the easiest way to copy your photographs, text messages, documents and other data between devices.

Not all backup software, however, are hardware independent. In is important to check with the vendor that files from one device can be restored on the other.

8. Data security.
Just like it is safer to keep your money in the bank instead of keeping it under the pillow at home, it is safer to keep the data in the cloud. While data security remains a concern for many businesses, is a standard feature for most industry-grade cloud vendors. This includes SSL encryption of management channels, in-transit and at-rest AES256 data encryption and optional password protection.


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