Businesses and individuals around the world are increasingly realizing the value of storing their invaluable data in a safe online location. In fact, online data storage in the cloud comes with numerous benefits: not only does it provide peace of mind with regards to the security of data, but it is also a convenient and cost effective way of storing and accessing digital files. Obviously, it is critical to make sure you choose a dependable and suitable cloud storage solution. Products come with varying features and price tags; as consumers, individuals as well as companies must make sure their own unique requirements are met by the selected solution.
CrashPlan, for example, is a strong cloud storage option for people and businesses that have massive volumes of crucial data that needs to be securely backed up. With its unlimited storage capacity and relatively affordable rates, this product supports the following operating systems: Solaris, Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. It includes robust mobile access capabilities and supports Android, iOS, and Windows among mobile application platforms. Users can also choose which files to back up, choose from numerous restoration options, and access company support through multiple platforms (email, live chat, phone, website forums, etc.). Unlimited storage for a year costs USD 59.99 for a single computer and USD 149.99 for up to 10 computers.
Occasionally, users of CrashPlan for Home as well as CrashPlan PRO may encounter the following issue: trying to start the application results in the screen getting stuck and an error message that says, “Unable to connect to backup engine, retry?”. This typically means that the CrashPlan service has stopped running, a problem that can be tackled in numerous ways. For instance, first you can try restarting the service. If this fails, check if you need to allot more memory to the application in case of a very large backup set. Next, try uninstalling and reinstalling CrashPlan. Finally, you can test for any port conflicts by making sure that nothing else on the computer is using ports 4242 and 4243. The CrashPlan support website can guide you through these steps in detail.
Backblaze is another solid cloud storage facility, which is marked by a user friendly system, a simple pricing plan, and an extra layer of security. This extremely reliable product is a great choice for those who are not very tech savvy and have a lot of important data that needs to be stored. Backblaze supports Mac OS X and most versions of Windows (Vista, 7, 8, XP) among operating systems and iOS among mobile application platforms, with Android set to be included soon. Those who have multiple devices, however, may find it inconvenient as you will need to create an account for each device. There is only one plan per machine, which costs USD 50 per year. Those who want a secure, stable, and simple cloud storage solution would do well to choose Backblaze.
Your computer can be backed up in multiple ways to ensure minimal or even zero data loss in case of any untoward events. If your data set changes frequently and is very critical, you can consider the following steps. First, use an online syncing service such as Dropbox to create online copies of your most important and oft-changed files. Next, use an external hard disk to create a local backup of all your data as well as your operating system and apps so that your computer can be fully restored if required. Finally, use a product like Backblaze, which runs silently in the background, to back up your files continuously and automatically.