Ask This When Choosing a Cloud Backup Provider

Today’s businesses and consumers rely on their data more heavily than ever before. Protecting sensitive data is one of the most crucial elements of today. Even just a few hours of downtime can substantially impact our lives. Cloud backup is quite popular because it offers decreased complexity, lower upfront costs, and a cost-effective pay model.


  1. AskThisWhen on June 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    How much speed, versatility, and overall performance should I expect?

    The overall performance of any cloud backup provider is crucial in reducing the total amount of data getting backed up as well as decreasing backup windows. The advances regarding innovative deduplication and data compression, in combination with faster Internet speeds, allow top-tier backup providers to offer businesses lightning-fast restores and backups with no restrictions concerning bandwidth. But, some low-end backup providers frequently limit upload rates that can slow down backups to almost a crawl. In order to effectively optimize performance as well as costs, it’s critical that the backup provider offers delta blocking (incremental backups) so that just files and some parts of files that are brand new or modified since the previous

  2. AskThisWhen on June 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    What level of security do I need?

    What good will it do to back up your valuable data if all your files are vulnerable to malicious cybercriminals? Essentially, your data is susceptible at both rest and during transit between the cloud and your business. Therefore, you need to encrypt your data once it’s stored and while it’s being uploaded. Most top-tier cloud backup service providers provide ‘end-to-end’ 256 bit data encryption. Most providers will handle your encryption keys on your behalf, which is how most businesses operate.

  3. AskThisWhen on June 24, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Who exactly is handling my data?

    Regulations such as the PCI (Payment Card Industry) standard as well as many others are becoming more and more focused on exactly how third-parties are handling their sensitive data. Will your service provider hinder or help your chances of passing an audit? SOC 2 Type II is the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to cloud backup service provider certification. Backup providers with this high level of certification can illustrate that they meet the optimal regulatory requirements.

  4. AskThisWhen on June 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    What about uptime and availability?

    Uptime and availability are key functions of any provider’s investment concerning its data centers. Overall, data centers are primarily rated based on a tier system, a standard method that works to define the availability level that they offer. For instance, the lowest tier (tier 1 data centers) lack superfluous capacity elements (servers and uplink) and can provide over 99 percent availability.

  5. AskThisWhen on June 24, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    How do cloud backup providers set their prices?

    Storage for cloud backup services are usually based on how much data is stored, downloaded, and uploaded, along with the types and number of requests for both restores and backups. Make sure you ask your potential cloud backup service provider about initial setup costs, costs for each gigabyte of stored data, software and hardware fees, and if there are any additional fee for overages.