A fire can occur at any time, jeopardizing businesses with inadequate backups.

Offsite backup protects against inevitable

Stephen Perkins

Newton's third law dictates that for every action, there is an equal or opposite reaction. But this oft-identified pillar of scientific principle can be applied to many areas outside of the laboratory. Modern efforts in cybersecurity, for example, continue to evolve in an attempt to prevent leaks and breaches from occurring. But with those efforts come similar ones on the other side of the equation. Thanks to the endless possibilities inherent in current computing technology, malicious hackers are able to learn from new and seemingly-foolproof defense methods, discovering and sharing ways in which they can be circumvented. 

This is, unfortunately, the reality of digital security. There are always going to be more advanced criminals out there that will be prepared to attack in one way or another, meaning that incidents are all but a certainty across the board. This is why IT Business contributor Candice So wrote that attempting to avoid a breach is "a waste of time." Efforts need to be redirected towards mitigating risk rather than trying to eliminate it.

One of the ways in which to accomplish this on an enterprise level is by establishing an offsite backup. Solutions of this caliber are useful in that redundancies of essential systems and files are stored and managed in an alternate location. This means that if servers are compromised, a complete restore of necessary files and settings can be performed to prevent excessive downtime.

Onsite disaster recovery outdated
There are any number of things that can happen to a company in today's climate. Even if security is up to snuff and a breach is unlikely, there is still a chance of an "act of God" occurring at any moment. Should a fire occur, a company's entire data center could go up in flames. This is where traditional backup methods tend to fail the most spectacularly.

In addition to keeping them offsite, allowing for online backups, or virtual backups, can speed up the restoration process in the event of an emergency. According to Information Age contributor Paul Evans, there is a lot of pressure on IT departments to recover quickly should systems crash. Allowing them to be accessed from a remote location can speed that process up.

"Physical disaster recovery is becoming a relic due to its slow speed and the inherent difficulties involved in its use," wrote Evans. "Virtual disaster recovery, on the other hand, is not only dramatically quicker at getting a business back to normal, it is also often cheaper."

Categories: Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup