Disaster Recovery: The advantages of having a remote backup


If you have doubts about the need for data backup, all you must do is ask yourself the question, “How many days of work and what important data can I afford to lose?” As a private individual, business owner, government entity or large corporation, everyone who uses a computer has information that is valuable and must be preserved. Data loss and site crash are disasters that can happen to anyone, at any time, despite all the precautions taken. Data loss happens because of:

  • Accidentally deleting data
  • Loading/Sync problems
  • Malware attacks
  • Risks inside organisation
  • Unexpected sandbox refresh

What is remote backup?

Remote backup (sometimes referred to as ROBO) is an online managed backup service that enables users to copy, archive and store important data in a remote (cloud based) server. To be most effective, remote backup is best done in-house with data backup software onsite that ties up with a centralised data pool. Here it can be replicated and copied for retrieval when necessary. A better solution that’s gaining popularity is cloud backup. The data is sent to secondary storage sites at the remote office and simultaneously replicated on cloud. This way, you get faster recovery for more recent backups while older data is archived.

There are two types of recovery: Operational and Disaster. Disaster Recovery helps you to recover fast from hardware or software failure/site outage by switching to another copy of your data almost seamlessly.

Benefits of remote backup

Let’s talk about some of the benefits of a remote backup. The big attraction is, of course, that you won’t need to stress if you suddenly can’t find the data you are looking for because it is safely backed up elsewhere. Your information will be archived for future reference, this proves useful for reporting, tax compliance and audits. A remote backup will reduce time and effort wastage as this service allows for comparative studies, which in turn will also speed up report-writing. Having a robust disaster recovery plan in an essential part of your cyber hygiene regimen. Contact Cloud.co.za if you would like to put your disaster recovery plan into place.

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