For individual consumers, the value of cloud-based backup sites — such as Dropbox, Box, Carbonite, and Microsoft OneDrive — can become apparent very quickly, especially if one's PC hard drive crashes. The idea of backing up files and pictures in the cloud takes a way a lot of worries.

But is cloud backup a good bet for the enterprise? At first glance, it would seem like a logical choice, given the risks of maintaining critical data in one data center. However, security enters the equation, and there's often concern about what happens to data that is managed on someone else's site. It may not even be clear where the actual physical site is located. This can be problematic, because in some areas, such as the European Union, it's illegal to store data outside of the borders of the federation.

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