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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.
    Once your 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 just hours.

  • 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.

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