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On-line Backups — Pros and Cons

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Online backup services use software that automates the uploading of selected files to a remote computer, and the ability to restore files, using your Internet connection. With the widespread availability of high-speed Internet access, backing up your data to a remote location is becoming easier. With this ease of use, many organizations see online backup as a viable component in their backup strategy.

We don’t need to spend any space discussing the need for backups. You probably have heard (or have your own) horror stories.

Online backup services can be used as an alternative or in addition to traditional methods such as magnetic tapes, CD-ROMs, DVDs and external hard drives. After September 11, some organizations put policies in place that dictated the requisite distance between the data center and the off-site storage facility.

Online backup isn’t an option that is feasible for every organization — you need to weigh the costs and the benefits of this and other, more traditional, solutions. As with most things there are pros and cons.

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Posted on : Jul 01 2008
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Posted under Managed Services, On-line backup, SaaS, Security |

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