What are Onsite and Offsite Backup?
Onsite backups are kept at your business location. The storage media can range from USB drives, external hard drives, tape drives and network attached storage (NAS) drives. There are different types of backup software that can provide file backup, block level, or imaging solutions. The size and needs of your business will dictate what combination of software and storage media you require. As with anything, the better the solution, the more costly it is. With proper onsite backup, you can rapidly recover files with minimal downtime. However, there are circumstances that onsite backups cannot resolve.
Offsite backups are kept offsite at a different location. You can either ship copies of your storage media to an offsite location or use an online third party backup service to the cloud. Online backup services are more cost-effective and more reliable. Offsite backups are necessary in times of power failure, theft and natural disasters. For example, the building burns down and your servers and your onsite backup storage media are both destroyed.
What is Disaster Recovery?
Disaster recovery means proactively preparing for recovery from a natural or man-made disaster. For businesses, the critical aspect of disaster recovery is technology and business continuation, which means enabling your business to continue running efficiently immediately after a disaster.
Business continuation is highly important as it helps ensure that all business functions will be back online and available to clients, vendors and other entities that require access.
The most effective way to avoid the potentially crippling effects of data loss is a combination of both onsite and offsite backup solutions. For the safety and security of your business, Fedcom recommends implementing a system that uses both onsite and online backups.
Fedcom Technology Solution
Fedcom Technology uses ShadowProtect for our Onsite and Online Server Imaging Backup solutions. With Online Server Imaging your server is imaged in its entirety and backed up off site. In the event of a disaster, your server’s image can be mounted on a Virtual Server and accessed on line via the Internet within hours. This ensures your business continuation needs are meant and your office, staff, and clients have minimal down time.