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Why Your Cloud Based Backup May Not Be Enough To Recover Your Valuable Data

Cloud Backup Recovery

The Cloud has spawned multiple industries over the past few years. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Hardware-as-a-Service (HaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) just to name a few. One of the more popular right now is Cloud-based backup services being provided to all manner of consumers by companies like Rackspace, Symantec, IBM, Mozy, Amazon, Carbonite, and Iron Mountain. While cloud-based backup services sounds like a good idea, it is cloud-based data recovery services that everyone should be concerned with.

Tony Bradley, a Houston-based independent analyst, marketing consultant, and writer, published a recent post on Forbes called: The Myth Of Online Backup. In the post he talks about a professional photographer who contacted him to express concern with her cloud backup service. Here is an excerpt from that post:
"The problem this photographer was having is that she had signed up for Carbonite Home in November of 2012. As of May 2013–six months later–Carbonite had not yet completed the initial backup of her data. She has roughly 2.5TB (terabytes) of data connected to her computer, but had only designated about 500GB worth of files to be backed up by Carbonite, and she was concerned that her important files were still unprotected in the event of a disaster. When she contacted Carbonite support, she was told that the upload speed of her broadband Internet service was irrelevant. Carbonite transfers data at a maximum rate of 2Mbps–or about 22GB per day–for the first 200GB. After that point, Carbonite throttles the data upload to 1GB per day."

The hard truth is that you may not have all of your data available when it comes time to do a data recovery via the Cloud. Based upon the backup speeds quoted in the article it would take almost two months to upload the first 200GB of data and then another ten months to upload the remaining 300GB. What occurs if you have a failure during that time?
In an excellent article entitled "Two Years Later: My Initial Carbonite Backup Isn't Completed" Jeff Weisbein of BestTechie described his personal experience with cloud-based backups.

So what happens when disaster strikes and you do not have cloud access to all of your data? The answer is as simple as contacting the industry leading data recovery vendor, ACE Data Recovery. The critical data you need may still be available on your original media even though you are currently unable to access it. We've had many customers come to us for data recovery services due to the fact that it was faster to recover data from the original media than to restore it from backup media or cloud services.

When you retain us to do your recovery, you get the benefit of our vast skills and expertise. Founded in 1980, we're the most experienced data recovery company in the world. Our in-house team of Research & Development engineers design and build cutting-edge hardware and software that allows us to recover any types of files from any storage media no matter what the cause of the failure is. When standard recovery technologies won't work, we develop custom solutions to solve that specific issue. That is why we have an unsurpassed 98% success rate. We continually receive jobs that our competition deemed "unrecoverable", but we have found a way to recover their data. We succeed when other companies fail. So, when you have issues getting your valuable data back from your cloud provider call ACE Data Recovery.

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