NOTE: I doubt if very many genealogists have a need for this service at home. However, I suspect that several genealogy societies, genealogy libraries, museums, and perhaps a few genealogy book publishers and magazine publishers could use this. Those organizations often have huge databases or collections of data files. Those organizations are the intended audience for this article.
Do you need to back up a lot of data to the cloud for safekeeping? In this case, I am talking about terabytes of data. (One terabyte is equal to one million million bytes, the same thing as 1,024 gigabytes, or 1,024,000 megabytes.)
We tend to think of our normal Internet connections as being “high speed.” Indeed, they are much faster than the old dial-up modems we all used a number of years ago. Still, “high speed” is a relative term.
If you or your employer has a typical in-home or small business Internet connection of 10 megabits per second, backing up your file server’s most critical terabyte of data might require several months to accomplish! Do you have many terabytes of data, such as videos and images? Multiply the time required as needed.