It usually starts with a meeting and this time was no different. I got asked to a new clients offices last week to discuss networking up their infrastructure. Now we are talking 6 laptops max with one remotely working from home. Should be nice and easy.
So we get talking and it turns out that what they really need is to share files. Up comes the topic of online storage and very swifty I am quoting them for a new Linux based server which will have Dropbox installed. This way they can have one copy of all their files on site and another backed up to the cloud which they can access from anywhere. This fits their requirements perfectly so the job is a good un.
I my last post I mentioned that I was installing more and more NAS boxes onsite for business clients but if I am honest I am probably installing more cloud backup servers (ie Linux or Windows servers whose main purpose is to synchorize files with Dropbox so the client has a full copy of their files onsite, and in one central location, should anything happen to the cloud provider). Now I choose Dropbox because I have used it for the last 5 years on my own systems and like the feature set, its security and you can access your Dropbox from anything with an internet connection. Yes I could use Box, Google Drive, Microsoft Skydrive etc but I tend to stick with software I trust and in this case that is Dropbox.
With more and more people working away from the office accessing your files on the move is becoming very important to a lot of companies. Cloud based solutions have very much come of age and I am sure I will be asked to install lots more Cloud Backup servers for clients (depending of course on the broadband speed in their main office!!). On the flip side there are still a lot of businesses who rely on either on site backups or in a lot of cases no backups whatsoever and it is these companies that risk losing all their data if the worst happens.
So what do you think? Are cloud backup servers here to stay? Do cloud backups have a future? Let me know.
About the Author
Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.
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