Remote, Online, Managed Backup and Disaster Recovery

May 27, 2009

The email response from Microsoft business clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans to today’s post regarding online backup prompts this specific discussion of remote, online, and managed backup services. These services provide users with an online system for backing up and storing computer files at an remote location.

Online backup systems typically consist of a program that runs on a schedule on a client’s server, normally once a day. This program collects, compresses, encrypts, and transfers the data via the Internet to the remote backup provider’s servers.

Online backup services have grown to target most market niches with a plethora of offerings.  High-end LAN-based backup systems may offer services such as near-real-time transaction-level replication or open file backups. Consumer online backup systems are designed for daily backup of important files stored at a remote location.

Today, most service providers of online backup services design their service using the Software as a Service (SaaS) model operating in the ‘cloud’ Onsite discussed in past posts.  The Online backup industry is expected to grow at an exponential rate in the near future as personal and business data backup and offsite storage needs rise.
There is a wonderful discussion about online backup at Wikipedia.  Included in the wiki is a discussion of features, costs, advantages and disadvantages of remote backup.  At Onsite we feel remote backup is a wonderful method of preparing for a disaster and an efficient recovery that follows with an encrypted data backup stored at a remote location.

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