Hi Lifehacker, We’re thinking about updating our file server in the office so that it automatically backs up data to the cloud. We would ideally want to continuously sync the data as users modify the files quite often.
We also have users working outside the office who complain that access currently is slow. Is there any way we can automate the backup process and also give users access to those backups?
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There are any number of business-centric versions of popular cloud services that should do what you want, whether it’s OneDrive, Dropbox, Box or similar, all of which are built around the kinds of multi-user environments you envisage.
While the free versions of these apps do offer basic cloud storage, for business purposes where you may need facilities such as version tracking, file access logs and other management tools including the kinds of automated backups that you’re after. That should also ensure that your offsite users can access files without a particular speed penalty other than the speed of their own connections.
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