ortable media is quickly becoming an outdated and expensive method for safeguarding important data, so it is essential to secure critical business assets and personal information with an easy-to-use, automated, online backup service as a complement to whatever backup solution you are using at the local level. You need proven technology that is user-friendly, reliable, ultra-secure and cost-effective.

Maybe you are of the camp that already knows how crucial it is to backup data storage, offsite, but did you know that online backup can also be effortless once you set it up correctly? Wouldn't it help make your life easier if these cloud backup solutions would offer several user-friendly features like simple installation, automatic backup, off-site storage, scalability and 24/7 file restoration? Believe it or not, such solutions do exist. Let's talk about some of the things you will want to consider when you pick a cloud storage solution. Hint: It isn't only how much per Gigabyte it will cost!

As I mentioned earlier, you will want to be sure your encrypted data is stored in two secure online data backup centers, located at least hundreds of miles apart from each other. It would be great if they were on separate coasts. Each data center should also have 24/7 monitoring and advanced security measures, such as biometric controlled access, as well as backup generators and redundant connections to the Internet. This is to again be sure your data is accessible in the event of some major disaster. That is what you are paying for, right?

With Online or Cloud Backup solutions, all backed up data should be automatically transmitted to off-site, geographically dispersed, data centers via a secure Internet channel. Not only does this protect your data from loss in the event of a natural or man-made disaster such as theft, but it also eliminates the hassle of having to physically transport tapes and drives off-site.

Have you had to catalog endless CDs or change tapes in the middle of a backup when space runs out? Your solution should eliminate the need to worry about purchasing more hardware to support your personal or business data growth. With the right solution, you can never run out of storage space. Your cloud storage solution should make it possible for your online storage account to grow with your needs.

The problem with tapes and other manual means of backing up your data is the fact that it is a manual process making it necessary for an individual to handle it every time it is done. Automation is the key to making data backups pain free.

You should not have to select each and every file. The software should use easy-to-configure wizards to help you with that. Once you finish creating your backup set, the online backup software should calculate how much data you have chosen and show you how much.