Obviously, we all want to keep our files secure but how? Here at Xpenology.org, we are frequently asked by members of our community: “What is the best cloud backup provider for Synology and Xpenology?”. Here we try to answer this question.
Synology’s DSM software makes it easy to set up RAID. However, it is important to note that RAID is NEVER a replacement for a proper backup routine. Keeping multiple local backups of your files on separate (external) hard drives is essential. You should update the backup of your NAS frequently, we suggest you aim for a weekly backup. Ideally, these hard drives remain disconnected from the internet & electricity and are not kept in the same room as your NAS. If you (consistently) follow these rules then you will be keeping your data more secure than the vast majority of people. However, this alone will not protect you from disasters like your house burning down or power surges. Therefore, storage experts suggest keeping an offsite backup is important.
The convenience factor offered by a cloud backup provider is actually a twofold benefit. First, you don’t have the hassle of setting up and managing your own offsite backups but more importantly it makes keeping proper backups hands-off and automated. We all know that we should regularly back up our data to an external drive, but life gets in the way, we get busy, we forget or just don’t do it for 1 reason or the other. So, having your NAS set up to just automatically back up your data to the cloud as it enters your NAS isn’t just saving you time. It can save you from losing months or even years worth of precious family photographs, work documents. Don’t let this be you. Set up offsite backups for your data today.
Our top 5 picks for offsite backups
There are a number of options available. These are our top 5 cloud backup providers:
We hope to do full in-depth reviews of all of these services in the near future. Step-by-step guides on how to set each of these up will be coming in the next few months as well. Subscribe to our newsletter to be kept up to date.