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Top 10 reasons to use Online Backup

  • Author: Hans Noort
  • Create Time: 01/24/2011 23:29:45
  • Last Update Time: 01/24/2011 23:29:45

  Top 10 reasons to use Online Data Backup

     (And why it’s good for you, your data, and business)


1.  Security


  Depending on the service you use, your files may be encrypted before they are even

 transferred over the Internet  All online backup services use a secure connection,

  such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) – the same security standards used for online

  banking.  After being backed up, the files are encrypted to prevent prying eyes


2. Data is Protected


  Online backup services typically use certified data centers.  A certified data center

  usually means it has layers of security built in from the time an individual walks into the

  center.  The data centers have multiple electrical backup procedures, fire suppressant

  systems, and are natural disaster proof.  Additionally, your data is security replicated at

  multiple data centers.  There is no single point of failure.  Redundancy is a built in

  function to ensure your data is never lost, destroyed, stolen, and always available to


3.  Affordable & Flexible


  There are no equipment or consumable costs.  Using online backups means you are

  using hardware owned, maintained and operated by someone else to store your data.

  There is no longer any need to buy consumables like CDs, DVDs, tape drives, disks,

  and other hardware/software.


4.  Automation


  With traditional on-site backup, IT personnel must plan, setup, maintain the backup

  hardware, software, and media, including exchanging out tapes and transporting media

  off site.  With online backup, the software is installed, setup, and runs on its own.  All

  you need it an Internet connection.


5.  Simplicity


  Your first backup service backs up all your files.  Subsequent backups only backup

  files that have changed (so you don’t spend a long time doing a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc.

  backup).  Restoring is typically easy as click/restore or drag and drop.  Your backups

  are versioned keeping up to 6 most recent copies of a file.  Traveling and need to

  restore a file?  All you need is an Internet connection. You have full control wherever

  you are – in the office, at home, traveling.



6.  Regulatory Compliance


  For organizations that need to meet certain regulatory compliances, such as SOX,

  HIPAA, PCI, off-site backup meets those compliances through security, continuity,

  and services.  Even companies with internal regulations and/or compliances, online

  backup meets those obligations.


7.  Remote & On-Demand Backup


  With on-site backup, it is difficult to backup remote users and locations, and can be

  costly in hardware, Internet services, and software.  With online backup, the software is

  simply installed on any device, anywhere that you want backed up.  All that is needed is

  an Internet connection.


8.  Management


  With on-site backup, IT staff is required and consumes time.  With offs-site backup, no

  IT staff is required to maintain the backups. You control your own backup.  Once the

  software is installed/configured on the device – that’s all.  For restoring, on-site takes up

  IT time and can take hours or days and could require multiple media sets (tapes, CD’s,

  DVD’s).  Online recovery is built into the client software, and is as simple as recover all,

  multiple files, or a single file.


9.  Support


  With on-site backup, the organization will rely on multiple IT staff members and only

  when they are working on-site.  With online backup, support is 24x7x365, and a single

  IT person is the point of contact who deals directly with the service provider.


10  Common Sense & Value


 Computers crash.  Hard drives crash.  Thumb drives/Memory sticks don’t have

 enough space.  Equipment gets stolen.  It’s a question of when – and it could

 happen to you.  With online backup, you no longer have to worry about this.  If your

 computer crashes because of a virus – your data is still protected.  If your laptop is

 stolen – your data is still protected.  All your data can be restored, from any incident.

 You get peace of mind, save money, save time, and save energy.


Original Published by S3CC IT Consulting 

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