iCloud Backup at Work: How Apple could drive services revenue


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Apple’s rise in the enterprise has come when Microsoft’s dominance on the local network is diminishing. If you could travel back to 2008 and explain to a group of IT professionals that it would be entirely possible to run an IT network without any Microsoft technology, they would have a hard time believing you. For Apple’s next move in the enterprise, I want the company to simplify the restore and migration process. Read on to learn how an iCloud Backup at Work solution would solve key problems for IT leaders while driving services revenue for Apple.

About Apple @ Work: Bradley Chambers has been managing an enterprise IT network since 2009. Through his experience deploying and managing firewalls, switches, a mobile device management system, enterprise-grade Wi-Fi, 100s of Macs, and 100s of iPads, Bradley will highlight ways in which Apple IT managers deploy Apple devices, build networks to support them, train users, stories from the trenches of IT management, and ways Apple could improve its products for IT departments.

Right now, Apple doesn’t have an enterprise backup story on the Mac. On the iPad and iPhone, iCloud Backup is the only solution. On the Mac, there are several solutions for employees to back up their computers.

Time Machine

Time Machine Big sur

The first solution for macOS backups would be to give every employee an external drive and use Time Machine to back up all of your local data. This solution will work well for small businesses, but it won’t scale for larger enterprises.

Network & Cloud File Backup

Another option is to not backup your local data and rely on local servers with enterprise-grade backup solutions or cloud file services like Google Workspace or Microsoft 365’s OneDrive. This method will work great for keeping files backed up but will create a slowdown in recovering from a repair. When it comes to migrating to a new Mac, you’ll be back to use a direct connection over Wi-Fi or Thunderbolt to migrate your data.


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