19Jan, 2022

Off-site data backup and its importance

Today, organizations store lots of data is in electronic form. This data includes sensitive user data such as medical records, employee records, etc. Therefore, data loss due to accidental deletion or corruption of files can be detrimental to organizations. One of the ways to prevent this damage is by investing in off-site data backup.

What is off-site data backup?

Backing up data involves creating copies and storing them separately from the original document. The more copies one has, the more secure the data is due to redundancy. Backing up data could be as simple as creating a copy and storing it in a separate partition of your hard drive or an external storage device such as a flash drive. This solution works well for individuals backing up small amounts of data. However, this solution is inadequate for businesses that handle more significant amounts of data.

Instead, businesses should invest in off-site data backup. This involves storing backups in a geographically separate location from the original copies. Then, companies can access servers containing backed up data remotely through the cloud. For example, a company could have a server in their central offices storing all their data. After that, they can have servers located in separate locations storing backups of their data. This approach has many advantages over other forms of data backup.

Data backup mitigates loss due to natural calamities and accidents. 

First, having backups stored in a separate location prevents total loss of company data from calamities such as fires, floods or other disasters at the office. Since the backup is stored elsewhere, one need not worry about losing it if something happens to the in-house servers. 

Second, off-site data backup allows one to access the backups enabling business operations to continue smoothly immediately. Third, in the event of power failure, one can rest assured that they can still access all their company’s essential data giving them peace of mind.

Additional security layer.

Having backups located in a separate location keeps data safe during a security breach. This successfully mitigates ransomware hacking due to the secure storage of files elsewhere. In addition, off-site data backup saves your company money since you do not have to pay the hacker to gain access to your data in case of a breach. Some hackers use blackmail and extortion. Also, disgruntled employees looking to harm the company by deleting the data cannot access it. Furthermore, those trying to steal data from the company will have difficulty doing so as they cannot access the data. 

Finally, companies can hire a competent security company to protect the backup servers, adding another layer of protection to sensitive user data.

Off-site data backup also frees up space on onsite servers allowing companies to store more data. If your company uses hard drives to store data, they can quickly become full when saving backups. To get the most out of your onsite servers, use them only to store pertinent data and have the copies stored on remote servers.

Softlink Options offers various data backup solutions based on your companies needs. 

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