The Importance of Offsite Backups

Most people are aware of the importance of having a local backup of their website. Disaster can strike at any time, whether it’s a server or hardware failure, the unintentional deletion of files, or a cyber attack. The ability to recover lost data has saved countless businesses in every industry considerable time and money.

However, simply maintaining a backup on your server, without also creating an offsite backup, relies on the assumption that this server is safe from mishaps. Unfortunately, many businesses and individuals fail to consider what would happen to their data in the event that there is a problem with the entire server the website is hosted on. These can include:

What is an Offsite Backup?

Offsite backup is a method of backing up data to a third-party server, such as DropBox or Google Drive. These cloud backup providers store a copy of your data on a third-party server where it will be safe from local mishaps. Users can still access this information from anywhere, which is ideal in the case of natural disasters or cyber attacks.

External backups should be done frequently, on a regular schedule, in order to keep an updated version of your website readily available.

Cloud service provider for offsite backupWhat to Consider When Selecting a Cloud Backup Provider

Today, the cloud backup market has become saturated, offering consumers a wide variety of services from which to choose. In addition to free services such as the basic versions of Google Drive or DropBox, users can also pay for a cloud backup provider tailored to their unique needs. No two businesses are alike, and there are several factors to take into consideration when choosing a backup service provider.

Price

Many cloud service providers list a low payment per gigabyte of storage. But look out for hidden service fees and the cost to upgrade if you exceed your data limit. Additionally, you may want to inquire about a refund policy in case you change your mind.

Speed

You need to know that you will be able to get to your files quickly. Slow servers or unresponsive databases could end up costing your business hours of wasted time and productivity.

Availability

Although most cloud providers promise your files will be available 99.9% of the time, many contracts include exceptions, which could leave you without access to your data. Make sure to check the contract as well as the update schedule to ensure it meets your needs.

Ease of use

If a backup system is convoluted and difficult to navigate, it will likely discourage your employees from following the backup protocols. Choose a system with a simple process that everyone on your team can follow.  

Security

Check what security measures are set up to prevent compromising your data. Make sure your service provider is compliant with the latest security standards.

Conclusion

In addition to local backups, offsite backups are an essential strategy for businesses to protect their data from natural disasters, security breaches, human errors, and server failures. It is important to consider price, speed, availability, ease of use, and security when choosing a cloud service provider to meet your specific needs.

If you need assistance backing up your site or want general site maintenance, contact us to learn how we can help.

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