The KineticD Online Backup Blog
Does Your Cloud Backup Provider Have Real Staying Power?
Are you satisfied with your cloud backup provider or does it have you feeling a little gray about your storage forecast? There’s no question that backing up your vital computer data to a cloud service is a wise thing to do, but you also have to make sure you choose the right provider. In other words you want a cloud with staying power and not one that will evaporate into thin air when things get a little hot, so-to-speak. Changing providers isn’t easy, so make sure to get it right the first time.
When choosing a cloud backup service provider you should ask several important questions and make sure the company you choose has the right answers. At KineticD we have the right answers to these and other important cloud storage questions.
Services – you should know exactly which services your cloud storage company provides, because this will determine what level of storage and backup you need and will have access to. At KineticD we offer a wide range of options from large to small to fit your specific needs. Price – of course, price is always a factor with any cloud service. At KineticD we offer our service for as low as 50 cents per GB per month and only for what you use. Our no-contract flexible rates help you save money. Security – when choosing a cloud provider you have to know it’s level of security and that security has to meet your needs. Our security measures include secure bank grade encryption, individual data security, unmatched password security, secure protocol and firewalls, just to name a few. Setup – what is the setup process like and how difficult is it to begin? At KineticD we make the setup …
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To Sync or Backup, What Is the Difference?
Unless you live in a cave, then you probably know how important it is to back up your computer data. However, you also know that files and documents and any other important information stored on a computer can be lost at any given moment due to a hard drive crash, a computer glitch or even human error. Yes, we all make mistakes. It happens. So, there’s no question we all need to back up important data; and we shouldn’t put it off.
What Is File Syncing?
You might say that syncing is just as good backing up, right? In a word: it’s not. Ok, that’s two words, but you get the point. File syncing is not the same as backup. When you use a syncing service, like DropBox for example, you are not really storing information long-term. When you sync something you are applying any changes you make to that file on every system or location in which that file is found. In other words, if you make changes to a document on your computer those changes are also applied to the document carried on a syncing system.
What Is Backup?
Backup, including cloud backup, is completely different. When you back something up to a hard drive or remote server they stay there until you decide to delete them. Any changes you make to a given document or file after a backup won’t change anything you did prior to the backup. If you need a file from last week, last month or last year, it will be there exactly the way you backed it up. Plus, by backing things up incrementally each backup builds on the previous one. In fact, using a dedicated cloud backup service like KineticD can give you unlimited incremental …
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Want Your Data Securely Backed Up? Send it to Canada
Most people are aware that the risk of hackers or other kinds of storage breaches are always present. Even the government has been known to spy on its citizens and to what level they still do that is not completely known. The bottom line is that if you have important information that you don’t want the wrong people to see and have access to, you need to store it in a safe place.
Who Might Be Spying on You?
The list of people or entities that may be spying on you is endless. One of the biggest culprits might be the National Security Agency (NSA), which is the United State’s largest producer of intelligence management. It’s constantly tracking endless amounts of information, which include yours. Meantime, if you’re in any kind of competitive business — and let’s face it, there is competition in all business — you are susceptible to losing proprietary information to one of your competitors via spying or hacking.
KineticD is located in Canada and that’s important because Canada has a structural advantage over other locations because privacy protection is more stringent there. Canada also provides lower cooling costs, which is another big draw for storage servers. You don’t want the servers on which your vital computer data is stored to suffer outages because of overheating. Send it to Canada and you will pay less for the cost of keeping it cool.
How Cloud Storage Can Help
By putting your important and private data on remote cloud backup servers you can ensure that it won’t be hacked by unwanted eyes. By putting this information on a cloud it will keep it off of your personal server or hard drive, which means it will be safely …
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Preparing Your Business for SaaS Solutions
With more and more businesses depending on digital applications to keep their enterprises running, the era of “Software as a Service”, or SaaS, is indeed upon us. However, even though SaaS providers are making things easier for businesses across the globe by offering scalable IT solutions over the Internet, getting the most out of SaaS is by no means a “hands-free” process, with businesses that are prepared for SaaS being one step ahead of those that aren’t.
So, the question is, how does a business make sure that they are fully prepared to integrate SaaS solutions into their existing IT infrastructure?
First off, in order to get the most out of SaaS solutions, businesses must be vigilant in choosing the right SaaS applications to fit their existing data management strategies. Furthermore, companies must choose SaaS that will most easily fit into their current budget policies as well. And, in addition to this, it must be understood that SaaS solutions have the potential of drastically changing the IT workflow of the organizations that use them, with the creation of a more service-centric approach often taking place that enterprises must be prepared to fully embrace if they want to get the most out of SaaS.
Indeed, one of the key elements of being “SaaS-ready” is an understanding that SaaS applications are usually built on generic business IT concepts, and that the true integration of SaaS solutions often requires that businesses be flexible enough to reshape their IT infrastructures to adhere to these more universal business IT systems. Once this concept is fully embraced, businesses will then be in a better position to leverage these cost-effective IT solutions, with the standardization of a business’s IT often resulting in not only the reshaping of their IT infrastructure, but also the cutting down of costs …
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The Importance of SSAE 16 Compliance for Cloud Vendors
Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements 16, or “SSAE 16”, is a stringent auditing protocol that seeks to ensure that organizations adhere to certain standards as to their financial and data security practices. Whereas it’s predecessor, SAS 70, merely sought to describe the “controls” of a given company’s systems, SSAE 16 goes one step further by looking to establish a thorough analysis of the systems themselves. Furthermore, SSAE 16 audits are only initiated after the management of the company being audited has submitted their “assertions” to the people conducting the SSAE 16. Once this is complete, either a Type 1 or the even more thorough Type 2 SSAE 16 audit is then performed.
With more and more companies relying on cloud services for much of their data management concerns, the importance of auditing protocols like the SSAE 16 have never been more crucial. After all, when looking into having any amount of your company’s data management infrastructure exported to the cloud, there can often understandably be concerns as to the stability and reliability of the services that are supplied by cloud vendors. For this reason, performing research as to the background and history of a cloud vendor and comparing reviews online are important steps for businesses to take if they want to be sure to pick a reliable online data backupand cloud computing service provider.
However, knowing that the company that you are going to be trusting with your indispensible digital assets has completed the SSAE 16 audit is the only way to establish indisputable proof that their systems are indeed as efficient and secure as they may be claiming them to be. For this reason, we here at KineticD are proud to have had all of our data centers thoroughly audited and certified for …
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