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Optimise Your Online Backups

Thanks to today's best services and solutions, storing files online and maintaining a comprehensive cloud backup are both very easy to do. Using the available solutions, you can backup to the cloud important files, pictures, videos or even an entire hard drive just as easily. However, the initial backup creation can take days - even months - if the files you are backing up are not optimized properly. To help you get started, we are going to discuss how to optimize your cloud backups in this article.

Before the initial backup creation process is started, you would have to define some parameters; the backup software from the cloud backup service you are using needs to know which files or folders to back up, along with other detailed parameters such as file monitoring and archiving. Adjust these parameters so that important files are backed up first.

Use additional tools to help you search for duplicates before the initial backup creation process is started. Instead of uploading duplicate files, your cloud backup image will be much more optimized with the duplicates removed beforehand. There are a lot of tools that can help you find duplicate files automatically, so this shouldn't be difficult to do.

Although it is much safer to backup to the cloud, you should also consider maintaining an on-site backup if necessary. The on-site backup - usually using NAS or other storage solutions - can be synchronized with the cloud backup and managed as one. The on-site backup gives you instant access while cloud backup acts as added security and enables remote access when you are not at home or at the office.

Last but not least, take advantage of advanced features such as bandwidth throttling and automatic versioning to keep your cloud backup as comprehensive as possible. Bandwidth throttling allows new and updated files to be uploaded when the internet connection is not in use, while versioning automatically stores older versions of updated files - up to 30 different versions in some cases - for easy retrieval in the future.