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Online backup – Remote backup – Disaster recovery

By In Uncategorized On August 13, 2010


Storagegrid From System Force Provides real time

remote off site backup for disaster recovery

 
Have you ever though about your data loss should your office burn down or server critically fail ?
 
Will your business be ready should a disaster strike ? We know its a controversial subject for many business owners because backups are often overlooked by business owners as a waste of money. Many computer administrators often worry about if the backup worked or if the tape was taken off site before they went home.

Fortunately there is an option, that can either run in conjection with your current tape / disk based backup and its called Storagegrid from System Force.

The system works just like backup software except it uses very high compression and special encryption to transmit your data and files to our primary datagrid. The data once it has been verified by our software then stores it on our massive storage area network that spans three sites.

The online backup software can run at any time of the day you choose, the system can backup Microsoft Exchange servers, SQL servers pretty much any file.

Overview of how online backup works

Online backup

Storagegrid Online Backup software accomplishes several essential steps that are often overlooked or done improperly by other backup software – especially in the regular non-automated backup systems.

Online Backups are done on schedule, reliably. Most businesses don’t do this. For one reason or another, they don’t keep a regular backup regimen. Usually it’s because the person responsible for doing backups (if there is one) is too busy doing something else, or someone is using the computer when it’s time for a backup, or they simply forget. Since remote backups are done with automated software usually at night, when nobody is using the computer, backups are always done on schedule.

The correct files are backed up. Ordinary backup software is often installed with a list of files to be backed up. This set of files usually represents the state of the system when the software was installed, and often misses critical files. Further, it often fails to back up files that get added later. Compounding this problem, VERY few businesses take the trouble to reset their backup software regularly to include new files.

Storagegrid online backup software solves this problem by constantly reevaluating the computer system, adding files to the backup as needed. Several full copies of files are stored using a sophisticated version control system unavailable in most other backup software of any kind. This is much too important to overlook.

The general definition of “proper” backups requires redundancy. One must keep multiple copies of the same files at different points in their development, called versions. As an example, you should have a different copy of each backed-up file for each backup session. Further, you should be able to easily restore any of your files up to any given point in time. Banks do it, big corporations do it, and so should small businesses. Only Storagegrid has such an easy to use version control system.

Storagegrid Online Backups are encrypted for complete security. Tape backups are not generally encrypted, so anyone can read them and gain access to client database, billing records, payroll, tax info, and everything else on computers.

Storagegrid Online Backup Software encrypts its backups using your choice of eight of the strongest cryptographic methods in the world for complete security so nobody, can read the files.

Finally and most importantly – Backups are immediately sent offsite and stored safely away from the clients’ computers and their businesses. This is where almost every business makes its biggest mistake. Even if they do everything else perfectly, backups are of little use if their building burns, or they are unable to physically recover their tapes from the premises. Most small companies who do backups leave the tapes in the building with the computer, where they can be destroyed right along with the computer.

Of course, you can see that this would be a problem in a fire or flood or an earthquake. But it’s also useful in emergencies where businesses are forced to evacuate their offices quickly. Even businesses that do backups and have good, undamaged tapes have to shut down. Many go out of business simply because they don’t have access to their data.

Storagegrid solves this problem by automatically storing this valuable data at more than one site. So, a business can be back up and running with new computers and their latest data no matter what catastrophe happens.


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