Cloud storage is becoming more and more popular for small and medium businesses. Beside for data storage, the cloud is also used for backup and archiving. It helps organisations build a data protection strategy without setting up their own backup infrastructure that includes additional hardware and administration.
Google Drive is one of the leading cloud storage provider is getting more and more popular for SMBs as low cost backup to cloud strategy. Google provides an application for Windows and Mac that synchronizes data from local hard drives or USB-attached devices to the Google Drive cloud and vice versa. Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage and allows upgrading up to 30TB for a monthly fee. The installed Backup and Sync application notices any changes, deletions or additions of files or directories locally or in Google drive, and syncs immediately the corresponding partner. Syncing is performed on directory-level including all sub-directories.
However, a backup to cloud only strategy is not recommended, as it puts any business at a disadvantage with it being a single point of failure, facing security issues and unrecoverable data loss. The problem is in the event of a local system crash. Users won‘t be able to restore from the cloud. The operating systems needs to be recovered and hardware drivers need to be installed. As backup to cloud storage has its disadvantages, a local copy should be kept as well. This local secondary backup should be established to be able to setup the infrastructure from scratch in case of a local disaster. This ensures a fast recovery and business continuity.
Along with RDX Removable Storage, Google Drive and Google Backup and Sync application provides a great automatic two copy backup solution for small and medium businesses on two different storage locations; Google Drive in cloud and RDX storage as local copy. This cloud-local solution provides SMBs with the following benefits:
- Controls cloud storage cost by keeping cloud storage capacity low.
- Provides two-tier backup strategies with local and off-site backup data copies.
- Protects against virus and ransomware attacks and keeps cloud data healthy.
- Allows simple data transfer and cloud seeding.
- Provides affordable long-term data archive.
RDX is an affordable and easy to use ruggedized, removable and simple storage device that helps businesses to control their cloud storage cost. In most cases, the amount of business data is increasing rapidly. This requires more and more cloud storage and generates unpredictable storage costs if keeping all user data in the cloud. With RDX, users can save cloud storage by archiving data to RDX that can be deleted from the cloud afterwards.
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