What is a Remote Backup Service?

Malcolm Tatum

With computer use in the home and the workplace as the norm rather than the exception, it only makes sense to create secondary sources of information, in the event of a system wide failure. This is where the concept of a remote backup service comes into play.

Woman holding an optical disc
Woman holding an optical disc

A remote backup service is a repository for all the important files, operating systems, and electronic documents that need to be preserved in the event that the hard drive or the server support system should be damaged or rendered inoperable for some reason. Because the remote backup service safely caches valuable information in a password-protected environment, more and more businesses are turning to providers that offer online backup service and support.

The process for remote backup is a simple one. Typically, a small software package is provided by the vendor, along with unique login credentials to access the remote server system. Once the software is installed, the end user can pick and choose which folders and files to upload to the remote server and save in a protected environment. Online backup speeds will vary, based on the speed of the Internet connection used by the end user, as well as the size of the files being copied and transferred.

Pricing for remote backup services will vary based on several factors. Many providers of remote backup service and support will base the pricing on the amount of space the client will require to store necessary files. Other services will provide discounts based on entering into contracts that ensure the client will remain with the service for a period of two years or more. Remote backup service does not tend to be a major expense, but it does pay to shop around for vendors that use reliable servers and have a proven track record to go along with cost effective monthly and annual rates.

A remote backup service is a great asset for several reasons. First, it eliminates the need to constantly copy files onto CDs, tapes, and other means of file storage. Many remote backup service offerings include the ability to set up routine updates that do not have to be manually implemented.

Second, since the data is off site and can be accessed by anyone who has an Internet connection and the proper login credentials, it would be a simple matter for an employee to access data while traveling on company business. This also means in the event of a major disaster at the office, trusted employees could go home and work from those stations until the central work site was up and running again.

A good remote backup service can provide a lot of peace of mind, and free up resources that would be utilized to greater advantage elsewhere. With a low cost and a lot of protection, it is no wonder that remote backup services are growing each year.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including EasyTechJunkie, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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