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The difference between online backup, tape backup, and disc backups


online backup, tape backup, and disc backups the differences explained and why online backups are better

Almost all businesses rely on some form of data for success. whether you are running a small or large business you deal with data such as inventory databases to track supplies and payroll to calculate payment to your employees. Therefore, data storage is a must for all business. However, how businesses store their data will vary based on several factors, such as the size of business and the sensitivity of the data.
Data accumulates every day and requires regular backup. There are different modes of data backup and the choice is usually made by a business based on the needs and preferences of such businesses. The main forms of data backup are tape backup, disc backup, and online backup. Their capabilities are different and the choice differs under certain circumstances.

Tape backup

Tape backup is the process of copying data from primary storage like a computer or hard disk to a tape cartridge. They are mostly used for archiving large amounts of data that is rarely used or for disaster recovery scenarios. Copying data to tape backups can either be done manually or can be automated using appropriate software. Tape backup systems can also be used to restore data to storage devices when required.

Disc backup

Disc backup is the process of copying data from a primary source onto a hard drive for later access. They have several advantages over tape such as being quicker and cheaper. During the backup the data can be compressed to allow multiple copies of data to be stored on one storage are. Disc backup also provides for a continuous process of data backup every time there is an update on the stored data. Disc backup also has a speed advantage during data backup and data restoration than tape backup. It also has a lower risk of human error during data backup compared to tape backup.

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Online backup

Online backup entails backing up data from your computer or hard drive to a remote server or onto a computer connected to a network. Online backup is more convenient and reliable compared to hard drives and tapes because it is automated and data recovery can be done whenever you need it. Here are the main advantages of online backup:

Advantages of online backup

  • Increased security – Online backup offers increased protection of your data from natural disasters like fires and machine failure, unlike hard drives that can easily get lost or damaged. It helps in that even if your main computer fails you just go online and recover your precious data.
  • Cheaper and faster – Online backup save time and money, which is key for most businesses. also, it positively affects the bottom line and for small and medium-sized companies, outsourcing data backup
    solutions from online backup providers result in great savings. Also, data recovery is fast and effortless without interfering with your normal work process.
  • Data can be synchronized with multiple devices – With an online backup system, you can configure it to access it from different devices as long as they can connect to the network or to the internet.
  • Peace of Mind – When you have all your data backed up in a central place where you can access it at any time, you worry less about your data and even data access becomes easier among your employees. This gives you the peace of mind to focus on your business.

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