Online backup - a brief
Online backup, Internet backup,online
data backup - why you need online backup. Lets kick
off with some facts.If you lose your data you could
lose your business.If your critical business data
becomes unrecoverable your business could fail. Data
backup to tape or disc is fraught with potential problems.
How many companies keep data backups off site? Online
backup is designed to overcome the most common data
backup issues. The availability of broadband access
means that online data backup is now a realistic,
and affordable alternative to traditional backup methods.
Online Backup - what is online backup?
Online data backup is a method of automating
the data backup process and transferring a copy of the
data to an off site data center. Online backup works
in the background, needs no manual intervention and
secures your critical business data off site.
Online backup - how does it work?
Most online backup systems rely on 3
basic elements:- software,an Internet connection and
a secure off site data center.
Online backup - software
The first stage is to install the backup software, sometimes
called the backup agent. This software will be supplied
by your chosen provider. This online backup software
is installed on the server,PC or laptop to be backed
up.The online backup software is used to select the
data to be backed up,schedule the backup and encrypt
and compress the data prior to transmission. The backup
software also provides a method to view and restore
Online backup - Internet connection
The Internet connection is used as the method of transferring
the data to the secure, off site, data center. This
connection could be dial up,ISDN or broadband. In most
cases a standard broadband connection will be sufficient.
Online backup - data center. The online backup
data center is the building which houses the servers
and other hardware used to store your data. When evaluating
suppliers make sure their facilities are as robust as
possible; preferably with a Class A rating.
Online backup - is my data secure?
Online backup data security is probably one of the most
common concerns amongst those companies considering
online backup. The concerns tend to fall into two areas;data
security across the Internet and physical data security.
When evaluating potential suppliers some of the safeguards
you should look for are secure data connections together
with data encrypted to 128 bit level prior to transmission.
You should also look for suppliers that provide account
numbers,passwords and encryption keys.
In the unlikely event of the total destruction of a
data center it would be prudent to seek a supplier who
has at least 2 mirrored data centers in different geographic
Last updated 05/11/07
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