In storage technology, online backup means to back up data from your hard drive to a remote server or computer using a network connection. Online backup technology leverages the Internet and cloud computing to create an attractive off-site storage solution with little hardware requirements for any business of any size. This type of off-site storage is typically part of a business disaster recovery plan, as the data remains safe should your office be at risk from disasters such as fires, flood or employee theft.
How Online Backup Works
Using a high-speed Internet connection, specific files of a hard drive are backed up to the online storage provider’s system. In some cases the service provider may require software to be installed on your computer, but in either scenario, the files are automatically saved to the online backup on a regular basis (you have the option to schedule the backups at a specific time) or files are automatically backed up when changes are made.
Online backup services typically provide a Web-based admin console to access the data and to monitor the health of your backups. The backed up files are encrypted and stored in the provider’s data centers. A business can download and use the data backup or browse the archived file system hierarchy directly from any computer or device.
Benefits of online backup:
The convenience offered by online backup solutions is indisputable. Though data can be stored on other transportable devices such as external hard drives or flash drives, even they require manual, physical handling. Online backup is accessible from anywhere, so long as there is internet connectivity; information is saved automatically as it streams in.
As your data is stored in the Cloud, you are not subject to the typical threats of fire, flooding or theft. In fact, data that is stored in the Cloud is generally stored on secure, encrypted servers and systems, which minimizes the risks your data can incur.
Ease of Recovery
Due to multiple levels of redundancy, if data is lost or deleted, most likely through individual user error or deletion, backups are available and easily located. Multiple levels of redundancy means that your online backup service stores multiple copies of your data in locations independent of each other.
Ease of Access
As the Cloud has no singular physical location, remote access is also a simple and feasible benefit to online backup. So long as you can connect to the remote server, you have access to all the data that you have stored in the Cloud, without having to do anything differently.
Cloud-based backup can be less expensive than the cost of tape drives, servers, or other hardware and software elements necessary to perform the back up; the media on which the backups are stored; the transportation of media to a remote location for safekeeping; and the IT labor required to manage and troubleshoot backup systems.