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There's been a lot of talk lately about file synchronization and sharing applications that allow you to store files and access them from any computer or mobile device. Carbonite's own Sync & Share app allows users to do just that. But it's important to remember that sync and sharing applications are not equal to cloud backup solutions.

While file synchronization and sharing technology is optimized for file access and collaboration, it’s not designed asCRN Channel Chiefs a stand-alone data backup and protection solution. For secure and dependable backup and recovery of critical business data, several requirements must be met. The first is secure backup and recoverability of laptops, desktops, external hard drives, and network-attached storage (NAS) devices. These are the most basic hardware items you’re likely to find at any small or medium-sized business. They each contain important business information small-to-midsize businesses will want to protect. The next requirement is state-of-the-art encryption technology. For compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other regulations, data encryption must be in place both in transit and in storage.

Another requirement is that backups take place automatically and in the background to reduce the chances of human error and ensure business continues without disruption. Carbonite Pro plans support all of these requirements. In addition, Carbonite Server Backup provides hybrid data protection, where backup occurs both on-site and in the cloud. On-site backup accelerates granular recovery times, and cloud backup ensures the protection of data if the local infrastructure is compromised.

You can learn more about how sync & share apps stack up against cloud backup solutions by reading our new white paper: Syncing up with business mobility.

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