We all know that it’s important to back up your files, particularly when you’re working to deadline and for clients. Traditionally, the best practice for this has been to use an automated service like Apple’s Time Machine to back up your files to a local desktop drive. But would you be better taking things to the cloud?
Using desktop drives for backup has long been popular because it’s immediate, your data is on hand to restore from in an emergency, and there’s something reassuring about having your backup within arm’s reach. However, as resolutions keep increasing, file sizes balloon and clients demand more versions of projects for different platforms, finding space for backup copies of all your files is increasingly challenging. Which is where Backup24 comes in.
How does Backup24 help?
Backup24 costs a flat rate of £40 per TB, per month. A 1TB, professional quality drive is likely to set you back significantly more than this – a rugged LaCie drive is £115 ex VAT, for example. You also have to pay for power to run then, find space to store them, and spend time setting them up, checking the backups have worked and checking the drives are still hearty, hale and haven’t failed.
No management needed
Our engineering team will check your backups daily, and you’ll get regular reports confirming that everything’s OK, or alerting you if there was a problem. There’s no extensive setup process, there’s no need for online training to learn how to back up your files (as is the case with some other cloud storage systems), and there’s no need for you to spend time checking all transfers have worked and no drives have failed.
And if you need to access older data, there’s no risk that a file stored in Backup24 will have become inaccessible, whereas a hard drive left to collect dust for a few months may well fail on startup, and any data on it will be lost.
Capacity and scalability
If you’re buying drives on an ad hoc basis, it’s difficult to predict when you’re going to need storage and how much you’ll want, meaning an unpredictable spending cycle and no solid plan if you ever need to scale up. With Backup24, you pay a flat fee of £40 per TB per month, and all it takes to increase the amount of storage available to you is a phone call to our sales team (number below).
Your data is being backed up to our UK-based Tier 2+ data centre, which means not only is it secure in the sense that it’s unlikely to fail, but we can also provide dedicated VPN access to your data. We’ll provide dedicated connectivity, which gives you a secure VPN connection to the data centre, with ringfenced bandwidth for your backups and restores (this is an extra £500 a month per 100Mbps of bandwidth you use).
Moving to the cloud will allow you to free up all the space on your desks and in your offices that’s currently occupied by desktop drives, giving you more room to work.