Online Backup Service
By now, you probably understand the importance of your
data, and thus the importance of protecting your data.
While virus software, firewalls, and other security measures
are all a vital component of proper computer and network
maintenance, the only way to ensure that your data will
always be safe, is to back it up.
Traditional methods of backup include tapes, CDs and DVDs, ZIP drives and floppies. All of these methods have significant disadvantages.
Backups are generally not automatic and even more importantly, someone has to physically
transfer the media offsite where it must be stored in a safe place.
Fortunately, Internet technology has now allowed a vastly superior method of backing up: online backup. Online Backup (sometimes also referred to as remote backup) has
considerable advantages over other backup methods.
- Online backup is automatic.
online backup software is installed and your backup sets
are set up, backups start automatically. Thereafter, you
need do absolutely nothing. You never have to change disks, rotate tapes
or label CDs. Studies show that the primary reason
that people do not backup their data, is because of the
hassle and the effort involved. Simply put, online backup takes the inconvenience out of backing up your data.
- Online backup is offsite.
Perhaps the most important aspect of backing up is
that your backups are stored in a different location
from your data. After all, if you experience a fire or
other disaster, or a theft, your backups are probably as
worthless as your computer if they had been stored on
top of or next to your computer. With online backup,
your data is always stored safely, in not one, but two
offsite locations, located hundreds of miles apart from
each other. You never have to take tapes or CDs offsite
and put them in storage.
- Online backup is scalable.
With online backup, you can never run out of storage space. As your data grows, your online storage account
can grow with it
automatically. There is no having to catalog
endless CDs or changing tapes in the middle of a backup.
- Online backup allows you to easily retrieve data.
How many days would you have to wait to get backup tapes back from storage
in the event of a disaster? It could be days, even weeks before your data was recovered
and your business was back in operation.
Let's say you wanted to recover just one file. How
many CDs would you have to search for to find the file
that you are looking for? With online backup, you have access to all of your files 24
hours a day, 7 days a week. Retrieve the file you need in
just seconds. Have your business completely up and running after a system failure in
- Online backup saves you money.
Do you know the only proper way to back up using tapes?
You must change them often because tapes wear out.
And you must rotate them using multiple sets. Want
to automate the process? Buy a high priced tape
changing robot. Even constantly having to buy CDs
and DVDs will add up. With online backup, you save
money. There are absolutely no installation costs
and no equipment to buy. All you pay is one low monthly fee.
- Online backup lets you sleep easier.
Some studies show that more than half of backups don’t
actually work. They appear to be backing up but
don't actually transmit any data. Or the storage
devices failed or deteriorated while in storage. How sure can you be that your backups are really working?
With other methods its hard but with online backup, you can be sure.
At any time, you can view all of the files that you have backed up
and you can restore them. Online backup provides
you with the confidence of knowing that your
backups are really there for when you need them.