Data Storage: Eight Things to Consider Before Moving Your Storage Backup to the Cloud

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-06-17 Print this article Print
Eight Things to Consider Before Moving Your Storage Backup to the Cloud

Eight Things to Consider Before Moving Your Storage Backup to the Cloud

by Chris Preimesberger
Online data backup is gaining popularity as enterprise customers gradually get comfortable with the idea of keeping valuable backup files offsite at a trusted server. Providers such as Seagate EVault, Iron Mountain Digital, EMC Decho/Mozy, Carbonite and IBM Blue Cloud have improved their services and are among those gaining credibility. However, user confidence in the cloud storage industry took a hit when The Linkup, a cloud computing data storage service, closed its virtual doors on Aug. 8, 2008, leaving about 20,000 paying subscribers with no access to the files they had paid the company to store and protect for them. Here are some key points to make if you are considering moving your backup to a cloud service. Source: IBM Business Continuity and Resiliency Services
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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