By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
June 03, 2011

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Finding The Right Data Insurance Policy for You

We’ve all taken risks before, and thus know that some of the time you can get away with it, at least for a bit.  However, disaster usually strikes when we least expect it, and, just like a tight rope walker without a net or a driver not using a seatbelt, if you don’t take the right steps to insure the safety of your data, you are indeed taking a big risk.  Murphy’s Law states that “what can go wrong, will go wrong”, and, while this may sound like a negative way of thinking, the fact of the matter is that if you want to avoid accidents, you have to cover all your bases, and this definitely applies to the preservation of your data.

Now, if you’ve already made the wise choice to back up your data online, you can go ahead and pat yourself on the back, for you have taken the most fundamental step toward total data security!  However, it is important to keep in mind that not all online data backup companies are created equal, and therefore, you must ask yourself whether or not you have signed up for the best backup service you can, or at least one that will be able to meet your needs as an online data backup subscriber.

So, how does one go about making sure that they have chosen the right data backup company for their business?

Firstly, I would say that fundament one is having the sound knowledge that the online data backup company you have chosen has a good reputation.  After all, no amount of data insurance from any company is going to do you any good if the data backup company you’ve chosen doesn’t indeed hold up their end of the bargain by keeping your data secure!  Luckily, this is an easy enough task to do, by simply performing a little Internet research you can easily find out the skinny on any online data service provider, by perusing user reviews and checking out user discussion groups.  Indeed, the modern era of the Internet has made it so that being uninformed as to the reputation of any company that you are planning on trusting with anything important is simply unacceptable.

Secondly, it helps to know just what types of online backup services you are really going to want or indeed need in the first place.  To say that modern day online data backup has become highly diversified as far as what services they now commonly provide to their customers would be a huge understatement, with online backup in the cloud bringing about many new modern day conveniences like file sharing, cloud computing and system virtualization, just to name a few.  On top of this, there are many different tiered layers of services available when it comes to online backup itself, including file versioning (where you can in effect “go back in time” to retrieve older versions of files that were saved over) and continuous backup (wherein your system is constantly being backed up automatically as files are altered, so that you never again have to worry about losing a file).

Lastly, it is important to make sure that the online backup service provider that you choose has a service plan that will be as cost effective as possible for your business.  Prices charged by online backup service providers vary greatly, with some companies charging up to $165.00 per gigabyte, with others charging as little as $1.50!  Why such a spread in price points?  Well, you have to remember that online backup companies potentially offer a whole range of features, such as the ability to back up multiple computers and databases, data compression, bare metal restore, etc., and the more features that are offered, the higher the price charged per gigabyte to back your system up.  So, like mentioned before, in order to ensure that you make the most financially sound decision, it is highly critical that you take the time to familiarize yourself with all the options now offered by online data backup companies in order to decide which ones are right for you.

There’s no doubt about it, here in the digital age taking the right steps toward protecting yourself from data loss is becoming more and more important than ever before.  We here at KineticD understand that there are a lot of options out there when it comes to backing up your data online, and we humbly suggest that you give us a try to find out what the KineticD advantage is all about.  With our advanced data mirroring technology, patented Continuous Backup software and one of the lowest prices per gigabyte on the market today (only $2.00!), why not just try our free 14 day trial and see what you think of our state of the art online backup services for yourself?

About the author: Ben Puzzuoli is Technical Sales Director at KineticD, a Toronto based online data backup service provider.

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