Cloud Backup: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

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September 2011
by Linda Carlson

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Cloud Backup: Pros, Cons, and Considerations

by Linda Carlson

Prompted by the tornados, hurricanes, and floods that struck too many parts of the United States earlier this year, as well as by the earthquake and ensuing tsunami in Japan, many publishers are looking for more computer backup options. On-site or local backup can prevent business disasters when the nightmare is limited to your office—a fire, a broken water pipe, theft, vandalism, a nasty computer virus, or a hard drive failure. But the natural disasters this year that leveled or soaked entire neighborhoods, even cities, have encouraged us to research backing up to “the cloud.”

With cloud backup, as with cloud applications for software, files and apps are stored remotely and accessed via the Internet from a provider’s server. Besides almost guaranteeing that your material is saved, this also ensures that you can get it anywhere from any device that has an Internet connection. So you and your staff can log in when you are on the road, are making a presentation to booksellers, or have evacuated to higher ground. By contrast, those of us who still back up material on a desktop, laptop, or handheld to an external hard drive or to a network and tape drive find it difficult and often impossible to access files when we’re off-site.

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