Apple @ Work: A time machine in the cloud would lead to the use of the Managed Apple ID

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One aspect of Apple Business Essentials that is beneficial for businesses using Apple is the included iCloud storage. However, many businesses already have an enterprise file sharing solution like Box, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. I’d like to see Apple evolve its enterprise iCloud to tackle a new problem: Time Machine in the cloud.

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Enterprise backups for desktops and laptops have been tough before. There has never been a ideal way to take every machine in your fleet and save it as a faithful version of the state of the machine so you can restore it in the future. In the past, LAN-based network backups were difficult to use, created a lot of network traffic, and were extremely slow to recover. Plus, since it wasn’t built into an operating system, it was yet another step towards recovery.

Apple’s Time Machine is a great solution for creating a backup of a Mac that can be easily used for recovery in the event of a damaged device, but also used as a quick way to migrate when you get a new device. Time Machine is a usable solution for small businesses, but it doesn’t scale to large businesses. It would be somewhat impossible to inventory all hard drives with any type of routine checking process to ensure that the drive was still functional periodically. A backup that is not tested is not really a backup.

Apple Business Essentials to the rescue

One idea here for Apple as part of Managed Apple IDs or Apple Business Essentials is to create a “Time Machine in iCloud” feature where companies could have Macs set up as they were before in a process of Touchless onboarding when setting up a new computer.

I envision this working because all user-specific data (Dock settings, non-App Store apps, files, settings, etc.) is backed up to iCloud as part of a Managed Apple ID. If a user needs to move to a new machine, when they sign in to their Managed Apple ID, they have the option to restore their personal settings and data. I think Apple could configure it to not store locally stored iCloud Photos databases connected to a personal Apple ID that would be included in the backup to alleviate space issues.

The 9to5Mac take

So much data is stored in various clouds now. Many of your essential files are still backed up between file services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box — your various settings and non-App Store apps aren’t backed up anywhere. If Apple found a solution to get people’s Macs back to the exact state of their old Mac, it would make the move to a new device even easier.

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