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The Best Cloud Based Data Backup Services for Small Businesses

June 23, 2014

One of the problems that face many Internet users today is they have so many more devices to get online, locking up all of their information in the desktop seems counterproductive. The Cloud gives users the ability to access all of their date from a variety of different mobile devices, ensuring the information is readily available and secure. There are a variety of Cloud based data backup services available today that provide an affordable way to secure data, have it automatically backed up, and gives you the opportunity to share it on the go. Here are the best three Cloud based services for small business owners.

1. CrashPlan
CrashPlan is an online data backup service that allows you the ability to backup just about any data securely and quickly. The service has a backup feature that is set it once and forget it. This backup feature will run quietly when you are away from your computer or at designated dates or times. In the event that you have a crash or get hacked, the CrashPlan system has a restore feature that is just a few clicks from bringing your system back to the last saved point. Never again will you have to worry about losing valuable data. 

The backup information is easily accessible from any mobile device, so you or your employees can access that information while on the go. CrashPlan does have a free service, but if you opt for the online backup service you can expect to only spend $2 each month for 10GB of storage space in the Cloud. If you would like unlimited storage space, the plans are $4 a month per computer and $9 a month for the entire household. They offer a free 30 day trial to give the online data backup system a free test drive.

2. DropBox
The reason DropBox is in our top three list of best Cloud based online data backup systems is because it consistently receives a 10 out of 10 rating from users. The platform is unique in that it is the only to provide users the ability to use Mac OS X, Windows, iOS, and Android right along Blackberry and Linux. This Cloud based back up service can easily store your photographs, videos, and music, with added ability to connect directly to your Twitter, Facebook, or mail account. 

The DropBox platform can be set to automatically backup all your data on your smartphone, a huge advantage for businesses with employees who are on the road making sales. The syncing of all the storage items it efficient and fast, allowing you to secure data from multiple platforms effortlessly. The free plan only provides a 2GB of storage, however you can easily upgrade to a more robust 100GB for $10 a month. Dropbox has the unique bonus of giving users additional 500MB of storage space for each friend they refer to the service.

3. Google Drive
One of the reasons that Google Drive is such a popular online data backup service is because Google allows this service to connect users to all the products they currently have. This platform is at the heart of all the products they have available like Gmail, Google Calender, Google Docs, and Google Music. Users of Google Drive will enjoy 15GB of free storage space, but should understand that the platform combines all of your Google services in that 15GB. You do have the ability to increase the size of that space if you utilize different Google products. recently there was a promotion giving users the ability to add 100GB if they purchased a Chromebook. 

That being said the Google Drive platform is a Cloud based system that will link a folder on your computer to the Cloud for easy and secure storage. Google makes the user interface extremely easy to navigate, using the tree file so you can see exactly what is getting backed up. Adding a two step verification to your account will assure your date is protected in the Cloud. If you currently use several Google based products, this is an excellent platform for securing your data.

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