Consolidation of all data and resources
Transfer to a secure off site server
Data verification and security
Any business that uses computers is at risk of partial or complete data loss.
Data can be lost through a number of unfortunate events, such as hacking, mishandling or even fires and other accidents.
If you don’t have a remote back up solution in Glasgow, you are at risk of losing important information and having sensitive customer information leaked and stolen.
An off site back up is the process of backing up your company data to another location, hence the term ‘off site.’
The most common form of offsite back up is a cloud-based backup. During this process, a copy of your data is sent over a secure network to a server in another location.
Once the initial transfer is complete, we then schedule regular backups of new data to same location, so that any new data that is generated is also stored in the offsite backup.
Many people often wonder why you can’t just store backups of all your information on a server on-site, but there are several issues with this approach.
First up, if an accident or natural disaster occurs, the on-site backup centre would likely be destroyed alongside the primary data centre.
Another case might be a malicious data hack or ransomware attack, where hackers attempt to steal or disrupt your data and then force you to pay a ransom to get their data back.
In both of these cases, a simple off-site data solution would completely negate the effects of the data disruption, since all the data can be recovered in full after the events.
There are two main types of offsite backup methods that are used today:
Cloud based backup
Tape based backup
A cloud-based backup is the method that we most commonly use, and stores your company’s data on a remote server in different location.
A tape-based backup, also known as physical backups, is when your data is stored on a physical device which is not connected to a network or the internet.
A cloud-based backup method is the most favoured method of securing company data.
The company data with be sent over a network or via cloud seeding to send a copy of a disk drive from a computer to a server in another location.
The benefits of a cloud-based backup is the fact that it is generally very secure, accessible at any time, and regular backups can be scheduled so that new data is synced with the server.
One of the only downsides to this method is the costs involved, since they can escalate quite quickly if you have a lot of data to be managed.
As an example, if your storage costs £0.005 per gigabyte per month, it will cost £6,000 to store 100TB for a year.
Tape based offsite backups is when data is stored in a physical medium that is not tied to any network connections.
These are usually in the form of hard drives, which are uploaded with all the data the company needs then stored remotely in an offsite location for security.
This method is simple and effective, but care needs to be taken to ensure that it is carried out in the proper fashion, for example proper encryption and protection for the files.
The costs are similar if not a bit cheaper than cloud storage, however you must also factor in the storage costs for the drives, which can ramp up the price a bit.
Although every IT company will have their own approach, generally it is accepted that there are some key common features of an off site backup:
Hybrid backup – combination of cloud backups and local backups for maximum security
Disaster recovery service – enables companies to recover from a disaster within 24 hours
File sync and share – sync and share from multiple locations
Snapshots – see overview of previous backups
Data lifecycle management – reduce used space and costs by automatically deleting outdated backups
IT Support Glasgow are Scotland’s leading IT specialist, with almost 2 decades of experience behind us, we are equipped to tackle any business’s computing needs.
Whether you need data backup, recovery or integration, we can make it happen.
We manage numerous businesses across Scotland from a variety of sectors, and they all have very different IT and computing needs.
Our approach is to make our IT services fit around your company, get in touch with us now to find out exactly what we can do for your business.