Slow Backups? Tips to Increase Speeds

   

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By blog Jul 21 2021

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It is difficult to overstate the importance of backing up your computer or smartphone. All your data, your files, your contacts, your photos, etc. are a vital part of your digital life. This is especially true in the business world where this accumulated data is a valuable asset, making backups a must.
However, when it comes to backups, there are those who say, "It takes too long for the backup to finish, and it's a pain..." Indeed, if you have a massive number of files on your computer, it can take a considerable amount of time, sometimes as much as half a day.
In this article, we will take a look at using the cloud to backup your data and ways to make that process easier and faster.


Cloud backup in Japan

According to a survey conducted by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) in 2020, the percentage of companies using cloud services has been increasing year by year. That year it reached 68.7% breaking down to 39.4% for "company-wide use" and 29.3% for "use in some offices or departments." Data backup accounted for 36.5% of cloud service usage, a further increase from 31.4% in 2019.


Cloud backup advantages

One of the biggest advantages of cloud backup is the lower installation costs compared to large, in-house storage devices. This is especially true for small or medium-sized businesses that do not have large budgets. In addition to the cost, cloud backup does not require an in-house professional staff to perform daily maintenance.
Even if a great deal of money and manpower is used to set up your own backup, this does not necessarily guarantee efficiency and reliability. Technology is constantly changing, and it can be a struggle to stay up to date and secure from new threats. With cloud backup, on the other hand, you can rely on a professional company to monitor and maintain the latest backup infrastructure for you, thus ensuring high reliability and efficiency.
In addition, cloud backup is easily scalable. One major appeal is that you can choose the data capacity according to the scale of your business and then increase it as needed.


Cloud backup disadvantages

One disadvantage of cloud backup is that everything happens through the Internet, which can result in bandwidth problems during busy times. One solution is to set the backup schedule outside of business hours. For example, with Tsukaeru Cloud Backup provided by Tsukaeru.net, you can set the bandwidth to better manage speeds. However, no matter when you schedule the backup, as long as it is dependent on an Internet connection and depending on the amount of data, it may take some time to backup and restore.


Different backup types and how to increase data transfer speeds

What can you do if your backups are slow and time-consuming? Here are some tips to improve backup speeds that you can implement immediately.


External HDD backup

One of the most common backup methods is to save everything to an external hard drive (HDD). In this case, there are two main ways to improve the speed.

The first option is to use a USB 3.0 compatible cable for the data transfer. USB 3.0 is a new USB standard that improves transfer speeds up to three times more than the conventional USB 2.0. However, this method requires that the computer, cable, and external HDD are all USB 3.0. compatible.

The second option is to use specialized file transfer software (not the default function of the operating system) that can increase speeds and reduce backup times even for older computers that do not support USB 3.0.
 



Things to consider when choosing a cloud backup service


Due to the current global situation, more and more companies are turning to cloud backup. However, backup speeds depend largely on the cloud service used, making it very important to choose the right service. In order to choose a service with the best backup speeds based on your needs, we recommend that you compare the following points:
 

Cloud backup method

There are three main methods to protect your data using the cloud: full backup, differential backup, and incremental backup. Each of them will be explained in the next section below.


Server Location

Uploading time can vary depending on how far or close the server is to you and your data. Even though your information is digital, it still has to be transferred to a data center that physically exists. Therefore, backups with a cloud service using Japan-based servers will be faster for clients in the same country as compared to services with overseas servers.


Data recovery restrictions

Even if your cloud backup is fast, it is of little use if it requires a long time to restore your data. Some services enforce a certain limit on the download capacity or speed when restoring data, so make sure to fully understand any limitations when considering your options.


Cloud backup types (full, incremental, differential)

There are several cloud backup types to choose from, and with Tsukaeru Cloud Backup, you can select the most suitable format according to your needs.
With our default settings, the initial backup is a full backup with the second and subsequent backups being incremental backups. However, you can change the settings to "Always full," "Always incremental," or "Always differential."


Full backup


 

Just as it sounds, this is a complete backup of all the files on your computer. The first time you create a backup with Tsukaeru Cloud Backup, it will be a "full backup" and therefore will take the longest time.


Incremental backup


 

By default, Tsukaeru.net creates an incremental backup for the second and subsequent backups. This method detects and backs up only those files that have changed or have been newly created since the last backup, whether it was a full or incremental backup. This significantly reduces the backup time compared to a full backup.


Differential backup



While similar to an incremental backup, a differential backup copies all of the files, new and old, that had been added or changed since the last full backup.  Because of the larger amount of data, a differential backup can take longer compared to an incremental backup.
With Tsukaeru Cloud Backup, you can also set the second and subsequent backups to be differential backups.


Tsukaeru Cloud Backup: Stress-free data protection


Backing up your data often requires time and effort, and it can quickly become an annoying chore. However, it is extremely important to protect your data on a daily basis. To ensure that this happens, it is recommended that you choose a backup method and service that is as stress-free as possible. With Tsukaeru Cloud Backup provided by Tsukaeru.net, you can easily back up your data to a dedicated server in Japan in as little as five minutes. Of course, this service provides incremental backups, which are superior in terms of speed. There are also no speed or capacity limitations when restoring. Please visit our website at the link below if you are interested in learning more about Tsukaeru Cloud Backup.



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