An off-site backup involves saving your data into a cloud or an remote location. It is definitely not for everyone but it does have its advantages and disadvantages.
So why an off-site backup?
– No capital investment on hardware. An off-site backup doesn’t require you to purchase any additional hardware or devices connected to your computer. This means, having a cleaner desktop and no need to replace broken equipment. Furthermore this means there is no need to purchase additional devices if you’re running out of storage space for your backups.
– Accessible – Having an off-site backup allows your data to be accessible from anywhere there is internet connection. There is no need to bring an extra hard drive for backups. So if you need to quickly set-up in a remote location, we are able to restore data from the latest backup globally around the world.
– Secure – Offsite back up is stored in a designated secured server. This means reducing the risk of theft or Malware being able to destroy or access your backups. Although, passing data through the internet does increase its risk of being compromised, any off-site backup system should implement complex security methods to help reduce this risk.
– Automated – A big advantage of having an off-site backup is that, if configured correctly, we are able to schedule the backup process. This means we won’t need to manually press the backup button. Most off-site backups provide a scheduler service that will automate the backup periodically. Furthermore, most off-site backups deliver an incremental service which only finds the changed or new files within the backup directory.
So why NOT have an off-site backup?
– Periodic fees. Having to store all your data in a remote location does come with a price. A remote backup will usually include a periodic fee. This fee is dependent on how much data there is to be backed up. Having to pay a small fee periodically may be costly when accumulated over a long period.
– They need high internet speeds and network infrastructure. If you’re internet goes down then an off-site backup is not possible. No internet connection means there is no way for your data to travel through the internet into that remote location. Sometimes, it is better to use a combination of a local backups as well as a remote backup.
– Complex initial set-up. Additional software is needed to be installed and configured onto each computer. This costs time and money. Furthermore, the initial backup of the entire system will put extreme pressure on the network. This means computers will experience slow performance if connecting anywhere on the network.