What If We Already Have a Tape Backup System?
Using a tape backup system and Advanced Computer Services Offsite Backup Service (OBS) offers the best of both worlds. Critical files, including billing, customer contact files and databases, can be kept on the remote backup system. The tape system can be used to create a full backup of the entire system once or twice a month, instead of on a daily basis. The tapes and drive will last longer and require less maintenance. The remote offsite backup service can provide a quick and easy way to retrieve critical files and databases without the hassle of searching through tapes.
What If We Already Have a Zip Drive?
Frankly, we believe that it is not optimal for most users to utilize a zip or other removable disk media for backup. Advanced Computer Services Offsite Backup Service is completely automated and has the required file redundancy to protect important data. The only safe way to use a zip drive for backup is to have three disks and make the same backup three times. That way when one of the disks fails you are still protected.
How Long Will a Remote Backup Take?
Offices with high-speed Internet connections should find this service comparable with tape drives. Dial-up users will be able to do incremental backups in 30 to 60 minutes. The initial backup can take several nights to complete. We recommend backing up the most important files first and then selecting other files as the backup progresses. Or, the initial backup can be run over the weekend. Also, we can come to your office and make the initial backup of your system.
Onsite, Offsite - What's the Difference?
Basically, remote backups work like regular tape backups, with one important difference. Instead of sending backups to a tape drive or other media attached to the computer being backed up, a remote backup sends encrypted file data over the Internet to a computer file storage system safely off-site.
This usually happens at night while your business is closed and nobody is using the computers. It's completely automatic. In fact, you may forget it's working every night.
Why Are Remote Backups Considered More Beneficial?
The data is immediately stored off-site using an automated backup system. Also, only an Internet connection is needed, completely eliminating the need for expensive backup equipment and media. And, since the system is automated, manual labor is eliminated.
How Secure Are Remote Backups?
Very. All files are encrypted using Blowfish or DES encryption, selected by the user with their own personal encryption code, which is known only by the user of the system. Blowfish encryption has never been broken by a hacker. DES is used by the federal banking system.
What tasks are required to run a daily backup?
None! The actual backup process itself is fully automated. Once you have configured the time, frequency and list of files to be backed up into the client software, the actual backup will take place automatically on schedule. All you have to do is keep your PC turned on when you leave the office in the evening.
How long does a backup take?
The size of your backup, speed of your Internet connection and amount of compressed data being transmitted will determine the length of time for the backup. Backups can be incremental - archiving only files that have changed since the previous backup - or full, to backup all of your critical data. Your initial backup and all full backups will take the longest because it requires transmission of all data files in your backup set to the offsite storage - not just the data that has recently changed.
How do I know that an online backup actually occurred?
You will receive an email progress report at the completion of each backup. This lets you know that your backup was completed. If backup experiences any problem with the backup, the log files attached to the progress report email will identify the files that have not been archived or other trouble found.