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 The growing number of online backup providers has made it very difficult to choose the right provider that meets your business needs. This article provides a list of essential factors to consider when choosing the right cloud backup service for your business.




1. Simplicity

For any business, time is money. A reliable cloud backup system should offer the most simplicity when it comes to installation and use. Everything needs to be handled via a central, remote location so there is no need to install software on individual computers.


2. Complete data recovery

It is possible that your computer system will become corrupted unexpectedly. A reliable backup service should offer complete data recovery that allows you to recover or repair your entire system from the cloud. With today's internet speed, it should only take a few hours to complete a full data recovery.


3. Restore options

Ensure that the service also offers several restore options, such as restore from an older version, restore deleted files, and drag and drop restore. These options must be available for a mobile device or a web interface, and must also able to restore data or documents to their original location.


4. Block level backup

If the cloud backup service does not use block level backup technology, you should avoid it. Block level backup technology breaks up larger files into smaller file blocks. This technology allows you to only backup the modified file blocks, and as a result you save both time and bandwidth.


5. Speed

Backing up an entire computer is time-consuming. Make sure that the online backup service uses disk defragmentation technology, or other technologies to speed up the process. Keep in mind that a slow backup solution can significantly reduce productivity and efficiency.


6. Security

Security is very important to all businesses, so make sure that the service uses at least 256-bit encryption to secure your data.


7. Easy access

One of the main benefits of using online backup is the ability to access your data from anywhere. You should be given the ability to access your backup from mobile devices and a web interface. You must also be able to restore, view, edit and share your backed up data on the go.


8. Performance

Many people complain that their backup service slows down their computer performance. A top class online backup should never interrupt your work. The backup service should offer different performance modes such as presentation mode, battery mode or high performance mode. The backup service must be able to detect when the computer is in high or low load, so it can adapt the backup process without reducing computer performance.


9. Cost

Lastly, as a business owner you need to consider the cost of the 
backup solution, and should avoid cloud backup providers that have surprise or hidden fees. A flat fee would be more beneficial for businesses. 



Author Bio:
This article is one of many written by David Hamer, who is an expert author on the subject of online data storage.

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