Offsite backup can allow businesses to stay working in the face of adversity.

3 benefits of offsite backup

Stephen Perkins

There is a world of uncertainty that comes with running a business. It is impossible to tell what kind of disaster might strike at any given time. In the event of a blizzard, fire or power outage, enterprises can lose everything if servers are unable to be restored in a timely manner. This is why it is important to have a backup strategy in place.

But the problem with many traditional backup plans is that the hardware storing these essential files and applications is within the same building as the circuits they are duplicating. If a bad enough storm were to destroy the office, the duplicates would be wiped out along with the originals, which kind of defeats the purpose of backing anything up in the first place.

This is why offsite backup can be so advantageous. Here are some of the biggest benefits for switching from traditional backups:

1) Reliable, continuous backup
Not only is remote backup inherently safer, but it is also more reliable. According to Patch contributor Edgar Reece, files are updated on a daily basis on multiple servers and are easily accessed via the Internet. Because these operations are performed by IT professionals dedicated to the integrity of the backup, workload is reduced within the office.

2) Business continuity
Because these backup servers are accessed remotely from the physical office, it stands to reason that they can be accessed elsewhere. By backing up in an offsite location, businesses can take their offices wherever they need to go. Inclement weather is no longer an issue for the modern organization when work can be completed virtually.

3) Advanced security
According to Online Backup Services Review contributor Katie Nielsen, remote backup methods are inherently safer than onsite alternatives. Because there is no physical drive to steal directly from the office, theft of information is not as likely to occur.

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