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By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
May 23, 2011

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Bandwidth Concerns with Online Backups

There is no doubt about it, backing up online is a bandwidth intensive process requiring both a solid internet connection and expertly designed software on both vendor and user ends. Indeed, in order to both maximize data transfer and minimize any ill effects on the performance of your system (or your business’s accessibility to the internet itself, for that matter) bandwidth usage has to be configured correctly. And, the most important type of bandwidth when it comes to backing up online is “upstream”, or outgoing, bandwidth, due to the fact that it is the type that will be the most heavily utilized for the purpose of sending your new or modified files to the online backup company’s servers.

Calculating the bandwidth needs of any company that wishes to backup online can be a complicated process, primarily due to the large number of variables that are involved. One of these variables that must be taken into consideration is the type of data that is being backed up in the first place; with larger file sizes, of course, requiring more upstream bandwidth to ensure that you are being consistently backed up as your files are created or changed. The frequency with which files are modified by the user or business in question is another important factor when considering how much bandwidth will be necessary, with companies that modify their data at higher rates requiring, once again, higher bandwidths in order to keep up with their data backup needs. In addition to this, the amount of data you are looking to keep backed up is also important to consider.

Still another variable when it comes to bandwidth requirements for online data backup is how far a customer has gone into the integration process with the online backup company’s servers, with the highest bandwidth requirement occurring during the initial stages of backing up online, due to the fact that all your files must be copied to the online backup company’s servers at that time. Of course, this is just a temporary situation, with much less bandwidth being required once the total data replication process is complete. However, since the amount of time you will be in that state will be partially dictated by the amount of available upstream bandwidth available, it is nonetheless another important factor to consider when estimating bandwidth requirements.

So, how does one get to the bottom of all of this?  How much bandwidth will you and/or your company require in order stay fully backed up at all times? If needed, many companies end up analyzing their potential bandwidth needs using special charts that keep track of their bandwidth usage over time, the rate of change data receives on average, and which types of data are undergoing the most frequent amount of modification. Using this information you can then figure out when to schedule backups and which computer or computers are going to potentially use up the most bandwidth so that you can potentially apply bandwidth throttling on that machine in order to level the playing field as far as keeping every element of your system equally backed up.

Sound too resource intensive of a process for your company to want to undertake? We here at KineticD agree, and that’s why we have designed our online data backup services so that you never have to be concerned with bandwidth issues at all.  Our state of the art client software ensures that bandwidths are utilized to their fullest extent without ever compromising the day-to-day activities of your business. In fact, once you’ve installed our client software and integrated with our online servers, ongoing backups will be automatically configured to happen when they will tax your system the least or not at all, making KineticD the best choice around when it comes to making sure that your business’s data is as safe as possible without having to sacrifice any level of performance of your company’s resources, bandwidth included. Visit our website today to find out more about what KineticD can do for your business. .

About the author: Ben Puzzuoli is Technical Sales Director at KineticD, a Toronto based online data backup service provider.

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