Data Backup applications apart from being must-have utilities remain very popular with end-users in spite the fact that generations of Microsoft Windows editions have always provided backup tools that are integrated into the operating systems. So, why users do keep purchasing Data Backup Solutions? Simply, because independent software vendors such as, EaseUS manage to develop solutions that provide enhanced functionality and ease-of-use that Windows inbuilt tools may lack.
Using BitLocker in Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate editions to encrypt your data and then uploading it to the cloud (such as, Windows Live SkyDrive, Dropbox, etc.) can provide you with a secure online backup solution at no costs. The only caveat is that you need to perform some manual tasks before uploading the encrypted data to cloud storage. If you simply upload encrypted data from an active drive protected with BitLocker to cloud storage, it will be stored in the cloud in unencrypted form, which means it could be read by whoever has administrative access to the cloud where data is stored. In order to retain encryption of your uploaded data, the encrypted drive has to be dismounted and uploaded as a raw file. You could achieve this by creating a virtual hard drive, copy your sensitive files, encrypt it using BitLocker, and upload the vhd file to the cloud as described below:
In the enterprise environment, administrators may delegate end users with the responsibility of performing their own data backups. Windows 7 like previous versions of Windows has in-built data backup functionality. Although, this is not a common scenario and is not probably recommended by many IT professionals, you may come across particular situations where the most practical solution is to allow end users manage their own data backups. Personally, I have experienced a similar situation where a team of software developers wanted to backup temporary research data that was not so critical to the organization and the storage requirements to store this data on a network share were not justified. Using Group Policies, an administrator can control end users backup options and manage better the organization’s backup strategy.