Why Do You Need an Offsite Backup?

Without an off site backup, your data is at risk. On site is not enough.

ONLY 57 percent of medium-sized companies reopen after suffering catastrophic data loss”

(Columbus Chamber of Commerce)

However, if it is stored off site, there is a second backup in case of disaster.

On site backup and off site backup – what’s the difference?

Most people have some form of on site backup for their data. This means that the same place as the data is created (an office, for example), the data is also backed up. This can be in the form of an internal server, external hard drives and more. But, to truly keep your data safe, the best option is to store it off site, too.

Off site backups are a way of protecting data by sending it out of the site to another location for it to be stored. Not only does this give a second backup in case of an error onsite, but it also gives a disaster recovery plan.

In case of a fire, flood, or other emergency, critical data could be compromised if only kept on site.

However, this is not the case with the use of off site backup data protection. Data is sent electronically and automatically via a remote backup service to another location. This ensures that it remains safe and protected in case of disaster on site.

Some businesses choose to manage and store their own off-site backups. However, it is not uncommon to not know where to start. This is where a third party service provider can come in and manage the backup to ensure data protection.

How does an offsite backup work?

The backup solution offered by DataUP can streamline your disaster recovery process. DataUP performs a complete offsite backup of your data automatically.

At night, or when scheduled, the solution works by establishing a secure connection between the Data Centre and your server. Once the connection is established, it backs up your critical data. It is unique in that it only uploads new or changed data and stores unchanged data as it is. This allows the process to be completed faster and much more efficiently.

Backing up your data offsite allows for security and peace of mind knowing that your files are not at risk of ever being unrecoverable.


Protection from malware and ransomware

Ransomware has been extremely prevalent in the last few months, as you can read on one of our previous blog posts. Over $10 million in ransom costs were clocked up just from one attack, WannaCry, in May last year. However, cloud is much harder for hackers to breach than on site backups.

If ransomware affects data on-site, often the only way to recover it is to pay the ransom.

However, with the use of an off site backup, a ransomware infection becomes near impossible. So, you can probably see by now why an off site backup is an important fail safe for any business’s data.


If you’re wondering about how to set up an off site backup, you can leave a comment or ask a question below. We also reply to all questions on our Facebook at DataUPAus.

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Chamber of Commerce (2017). The Necessity of Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery | Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved from https://www.bing.com/cr?IG=B41ECCC254184524828FD635447E3C8C&CID=1BA0272CD4296AE3011E2CD3D5D46BDA&rd=1&h=-9aDBfQISiCsqENnlySDBDkAKPcyVtrguIU2G_DfnBM&v=1&r=https%3a%2f%2fcolumbus.org%2f2017%2f05%2fnecessity-offsite-backup-disaster-recovery%2f&p=DevEx.LB.1,5069.1