Do you host a website or multiple sites? In the event of a catastrophic event, does your hosting service provide you with a reliable solution to store critical server backups and files free of charge? If your answer is an emphatic no, perhaps you should take a look at a free backup solution offered by Google drive.
Why google drive?
First and foremost its free!
Google Drive lets you store and access your files anywhere — on the web, on your hard drive, or on the go. Here’s how it works:
- Go to Google Drive website by visiting drive.google.com.
- Install Google Drive on your computer or server
- Back up your server files and place the items in the Google Drive folder located on your desktop or documents directory. Once you save the file or files in the Google drive folder – it will automatically sync to the online storage repository hosted by Google.
Now your files are available everywhere you go. Simply login to your google account and you have the ability to change, overwrite, and restore from any files or backups on the web onto on your computer. Google drive is a perfect free solution with guaranteed up-time.
Store the first 15 GB of your stuff for free across Google Drive or use multiple accounts to expand your data for free
If you ever find yourself short on space, you can get another 100 GB of space (or more!) starting at $1.99 per month. The best way to keep your space FREE is by utilizing multiple Google accounts — spreading your data across four or five accounts or adding a friend or colleagues account could easily stretch your space to around 75 GB if you’re smart about it.
Why we trust and recommend Google Drive
Believe it or not we use Google drive to backup several GB of data free of charge. Google drive is safe, free, and it allows you the ability to collaborate and share data among multiple users or accounts. If you have a gmail account you are already half way to reaching the finish line, The hardest part for you will be downloading your backups to your local machine and then synchronizing it to your Google drive or you could simply install Google drive on your server and synchronize backups seamlessly. The last time I checked, there were no restrictions on installing Google drive on your server. I don’t think it would be smart for web hosting companies to restrict services provided by Google. Besides, most of these companies rely on Google for search engine rankings and indexing services. It would be suicide for them to piss off Google.
System Requirements: Google Drive on the web and Google Drive for your Mac/PC or Linux
- Windows Vista
- Windows XP
- Windows 7
- Windows 8
- Mavericks (10.9)
- Mountain Lion (10.8)
- Lion (10.7)
- Snow Leopard (10.6)
Linux – ( not officially supported by Google, requires Grive software to work )
Grive Tools are available for Ubuntu 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04. Debian and Mint should also work with minor changes to the instructions.
CentOS 6.5 — read these instructions first — http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/124814/easiest-way-to-mount-google-cloud-storage-in-centos
Google drive is the #1 online backup solution on the internet right now. If you guys think I’m wrong, leave a comment below.