Cloud Backup: Pro’s & Con’s

Pro’s:  

  • It’s Offsite storage (ie. not at your location, somewhere else).

BEST attributes to look for in Cloud storage company are;

  1.   Data’s spread/stored over multiple locations/cities.
  2.   Very high Security Standards.
  3.   Very Trustworthy Operation.
  4.   Economically stable Operation.

Example of the BEST Cloud storage is ‘Google/Google Drive‘.

Example of the WORST Cloud storage is any operation where data is kept only in ONE location with limited to no security standards.

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Con’s:

  • ISP providers typically charge based on Data usage/transferring – the more you use may equate to the more ($) you may need to pay for your internet usage.
  • Backup/Restore speed is primarily a function of Transfer Rates – Slow upload speeds equate to longer waits to move data to the cloud.  So a large data transfer could take a day or 2 to get it up into the cloud.

Upload & Download speeds are expressed as;

bps = bits-per-Second    – OR-

Bpm = Bytes-per-Minute.

Legend of Bits & Bytes:

  • 8 bits = 1 Byte
  • 1,000 Bytes             =    1 Kilo-Byte      =     1 KB.
  • 1,000,000 Bytes   =    1 Mega-Byte    =    1 MB.
  • 1,000 MB’s              =    1 Giga-Byte      =    1 GB.
  • 1,000 GB‘s               =   1 Tera-Byte       =    1 TB.

Note:  A “Single” character (Letter, Number, Space/Symbol) is made up of 8 Bits of data, which is also known as 1 Byte of data.

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Internet Service Provider (ISP) Data Transfer rate calculating:

For every .5 Mbps of transfer speed moves 3.8 MB’s per Minute

1 hour = 228 MB’s is transferred “To or From” the “Cloud”.

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UPLOAD speeds for Home Users can typically be .5 Mbps.

Example:  Uploading 1 GB (Data) at .5 Mbps rate can take about 4.5 Hours.

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DOWNLOAD speeds for Home Users can typically be 10 Mbps = 76 MBs per Min. = 4.5 GBs per Hour = 108 GBs per Day (24 hours).

Please note:

  • The GREATER the bps, the MORE Data is transferred “To or From” the “Cloud” (storage) location.
  • Uploading Data To a ‘Cloud’ storage > is likened to “Backing up” data from a computer’s storage drive/s (Hard disk drive – Hdd).
  • Downloading Data From a ‘Cloud’ storage > is likened to ‘Restoring’ data onto a computer’s storage drive/s.
  • Upload speed rates for Commercial businesses typically start at around 6.5 Mbps = 50 MB per Min. = 3 GBs per Hour = 72 GBs per Day.
  • Download speed rates are around 20 Mbps = 152 MB per Min. = 9 GBs per Hour = 218 GBs per Day.

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For more, read…

The Myth Of Online Backup-July23-2013

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