An online backup services use software which will automatically uploads the files on a local PC or MAC that a person has selected to a remote computer or server. This provides the capability of being able to restore these files if at any stage they are lost them or become damaged. All that they need to have in order to achieve this remote backup is an Internet connection.
Today there are many companies that offer remote backup services. Some will allow you to just store several megabytes (which is great for home users) while others will let a home user store a few terabytes. These companies are more likely to be used by businesses as well. Each terabyte is equal to 1,000 gigabytes. Larger storage capacities allow home users to secure and protect a lot more data.
There are two main components to Remote Data Backup: the settings and the data. Settings will back up the configuration of the operating system installation so that in case of an update, freeze or replacement, you can go to the default settings with the new installation to get your computer back online quickly. Online backup preserves all of the customer’s settings off-site so that it too can be restored efficiently. Both settings and data backup are essential to error recovery and your business running efficiently.
When looking for such a company that provides this service there are several factors that you will need to take into consideration. These factors will help to ensure that you get the best service possible. Below are some examples of what we mean:
1. You need to be sure that the backup solution you are considering using is compatible with the particular server configuration that you have.
2. Does the system or program allow you to back up specific files of your choice, or will you need to backup everything onto an external hard drive?
3. Does the program you are hoping to use allow the backups to be carried out automatically and without you actually having to be there when it is being done?
4. Will the service allow you to back up files that are open as well as any databases which you may be running at that time? Not all remote backup companies actually provide you with these types of services.
5. What kind of security do they offer that will actually protect you? Do they allow the data to be encrypted and also transferred to the remote backup system as well as stored there? Also, in order for a person to gain access to the facilities at the center where the servers are held can he/she only get in via use of a password?
Lastly, it is essential that when looking for a good remote data backup service you choose one which will alert you of any problems relating to either the backup or restoring of the data you have backed up.
About the author: Nate Bonner has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years and has assisted many organizations in selecting a remote server backup solution. For more information on remote backup services, click here.