Seems a little redundant doesn't it? Backup what you already have backed up. Why would you need to do that?
The short answer is: you don't.
The TLDR; is accidents happen and when you are talking about critical data, one copy is never enough.
I recently went through an upgrade to my personal computer and needed a new solution to backup all of my data I keep in the cloud. Which is now nearly everything. CloudHQ helped me get there.
Storage today is so inexpensive, putting your data in 2 or more locations is starting to become the minimum. Most I.T. organizations call these types of backups Tier 2, Tier 3, on up to Tier 7. I could spend hours discussing enterprise backup strategies, Recovery Points Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) but I'd rather draw attention to how easy and important this is for personal use, freelancers, and small business.
If you really want to get in the weeds, start here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_tiers_of_disaster_recovery
The reality for most individuals, families, or small businesses is their backup strategy stops at Tier 0 or 1 at best. You might have an external hard drive (Apple Timecapsule) and use either a manual method to make 1-to-1 copies once a month or maybe 'Time Machine' or some other backup software to do this. The biggest problem with these point-in-time backups is they are, in most cases, just as vulnerable as your primary working data on your computer. They are stored within arms reach of where you keep your computer a majority of the time and the only protection you get is from yourself by means of accidental deletion. Worst yet, you may be storing your data on those devices as the lone copy to free space on your main machine. These backups are just a susceptible to natural disaster, theft, corruption, and/or malicious encryption (i.e. Ransomware). You get the point.
If you use a cloud SaaS solution (Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, etc) your data IS, duplicated, but may contain whatever anomaly your source may have. The main active copy is stored on your machine and the copy is stored in the service. These services do offer some versioning which is very important for protecting yourself from RansomWare. That way you can at least revert back to before your data became encrypted or corrupted.
I personally like these service and use a mixed bag of them for different purposes. As an example, I use Amazon Drive with my Prime Subscription to save full resolution images of my family photos and other photos I want the original of. I use Google Photos to catalog and save 100% of the photos I take with my devices so I can recover very easily the random experiences I have. In both cases, my photos are only in that single place once I remove them from my device to save space. Google Drive serves as my primary repository for non-critical documentation that I want to be accessible everywhere I go but I seldom sync 100% of what is stored there to all my devices meaning some of what is saved in Google Drive is a single copy.
This is where CloudHQ comes into the picture. I recently decided to get a new computer. Basically, I was going to downgrade from what I had to a more lightweight base model of something. I looked at Chromebooks and eventually settled on a MacBook Air which I was going to treat as close to a Chromebook as possible. The idea was to keep as much clutter off of the local system as possible and use only what I need when I need it. The problem with that is, I lost my primary working copy of almost everything. With limited hard drive space, I had to keep even more as a single copy spread across the different cloud storage solutions I used. I could have made a point to pull down a copy every once and a while to make sure I had it backed up but I didn't want a manual process for anything. I like my processes on autopilot as much as possible. I spent about 30 minutes looking for a solution to backup cloud storage services to another cloud service and quickly landed on CloudHQ.
CloudHQ lets you select one cloud service and sync or backup to another. For instance:
- Google Drive to Dropbox
- Google Drive to Google Drive
- Dropbox to Amazon S3
The combinations are virtually endless. The best part is you can choose multiple solutions and use the service to keep multiple copies or even sync shared information to other accounts you may be collaborating with.
Needless to say, when I came across CloudHQ, I was blown away by the simplicity and functionality offered.
Any of these options I could have completed by some services I have used in the past as well as some manual processes but I wanted to make sure everything was automatic and didn't require my computer on and to be online.
CloudHQ fits all of those requirements. Other options would sync Google to Amazon for instance, but the software needed to be running on your computer meaning that the data (in some cases) would need to come down to your system and back up to the other cloud service.
CloudHQ fits my needs for everything I want to accomplish.
Before downgrading my personal computer, I used to pay around $100 a year to backup my system and get at least 1 remote copy of everything in case something happened to my computer. I use only the free tier of a majority of the cloud storage solutions, CloudHQ costs $118 a year so it is pretty much a wash and now I don't worry if my computer is not only on but also connected to the internet to make sure it backs up all the changes to my files.
Having at least 2 copies of your important data is critical especially if that data is how you run your business. For anyone interesting in Cloud-to-Cloud backup solutions that are very affordable, I highly recommend taking a look at CloudHQ.
They have many more free and inexpensive services that allow backing up emails, saving screenshots, and so much more. Check them out here: https://cloudhq.net
If you have any questions on how to use CloudHQ in your workflow or would like to share how you conduct your backups, feel free to comment with your questions or feedback.
Thanks for the read!