In this age of constant data generation by individuals and large and small companies, we have reached a point where the need for online backup solutions is more vital than the need to own a house! With the constant increase in data creation, the devices, which used to compete by offering more and more data storage facilities have now ceased competing on making finer and voluminous chips. It is no more the number game where a device with larger storage space is considered better. The proof is that the latest version of Mac has lower data storage but it has higher and more advanced features, focusing on making the visual content come to life—which of course has greater need for online back up, due to larger space requirements.
With innumerable solutions to store data that offer easy online back up, there is a need to understand where and how much one needs to spend in order to secure the data. This largely depends on how much an individual or organization wants to secure the data and the value that the data has. However, online back up is geared towards getting automatic and free in the future on the cloud. But as of now, the options are various and of course one needs to pay for the online back up, if one goes beyond a specified limit. Let us examine the various options that are available and what are the pros and cons of these online back up solutions.
- Online back up on social media servers: The data that is stored in social media including FB and Twitter, is unlimited and retrievable which is great! But the con in this kind of online back up is that the content is not entirely private or undetected. The servers of the Social Media companies use the data we share or store to capture vital information to target products and services that could be advertised to us. This is not entirely unethical or unnecessary, this kind of targeted advertising may be more relevant to users’ needs and requirement and is more welcome than irrelevant bombardment of ads. However, the social media is entirely “social” and the online back up solution here is only for any individuals’ personal content.
- Online Back up on What’s App: The streaming back up provided by the likes of What’s app, periscope and snap chat is not retrievable beyond a certain limit although it is unlimited. The online back on these platforms is not only temporary, but also unsecure. This kind of data is not for memories but sharing information and media that are viral at the moment and does not need recall of more than a few months, at the most.
- Paid Online back up: With Google providing Google Drive and Apple providing iCloud services, technology has gone much ahead of storing data in our own devices and moving on to the cloud. The latest versions of the apple devices for example do not offer the data storage as a USP. Instead there are cheaper and secure ways of online back up by using the drives. The paid version is economical, but also has to be done on a continuous basis to keep your data from being lost.
- Owning data centres: Large organizations like Google or Facebook actually buy zillions of terrabytes of online space. As of June 2010, Facebook was running at least 60,000 servers in its data centers, up from 30,000 in 2009 and 10,000 back in April 2008. Google’s server count was at around 900,000 in 2010; There is no data from Amazon, other than abstract figures, such as the number of objects stored in its cloud. Microsoft has more than 1 million servers in its data centers, according to CEO Steve Ballmer.
With the ever-increasing data creation due to the ubiquitous use of media producing equipment, literally in every hands, it is a big source of concern how this data needs to be managed stored or discarded. On the organizational front more and more companies are generating means of storing, organizing, securing and retrieving data on the cloud. From the perspective of organization there is a greater need to streamline data storage. Once we store there are a series of methods to take the back up and retrieve the information, quickly and easily. The security of the data is also a source of concern when sectors like banking, hospitals, IT companies need to store their huge data securely and also preserve it’s confidentiality.
The data centres play a major role in online back up. After all, the cloud is not entirely abstract and in the “air.” Companies offering online back up solutions or cloud services, also need a data centre to preserve the data. The data however will move soon from small devices and will be stored with much greater security on the cloud