By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
May 27, 2011

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Choosing the Right Online Backup Service for Your Business

With the popularity of backing up your data online increasing more and more everyday, it is not at all surprising to see the emergence of so many new online backup companies, all eager to capitalize on this highly lucrative rise in public demand. So, bearing this mind, how does a company go about deciding which one of these myriad online backup providers is truly the right one for all its data protection needs?

Well, first off, you’ll want to make sure that the online backup company in question can provide client software that can be used on almost any operating system, so that you will have the ability to backup any and all digital devices that you have, and indeed any that you may purchase in the future as well. Of course, if your entire office, or part of it, is linked together with a local area network, or LAN, then you will also want to enquire whether the backup company you are considering has what is called “agentless backup“, which allows networked computers to be backed up without having to use client software at all.

Another important aspect to consider is whether or not the online backup company’s software allows for continuous backup services, this being especially critical if your company has a high rate of data change, or erratic scheduling as far as when the largest amount of data is being generated or altered. While scheduled backups can be fine for data that is not too critical or does not change much, continuous data backup is the most reliable method for assuring that your data is always safe and secure. In fact, nowadays many highly advanced online backup service providers offer the possibility of continuous back ups for files while they are being edited, allowing for even more security when it comes to your company’s precious data.

Online data backup companies provide varying levels of remote access to different types of data, so you will want to be sure that whatever online backup provider you choose has the level of data access and sharing capabilities that you will need to make your company’s data as accessible and versatile as possible. In addition to this, having access to data from multiple locations allows lost files to be restored from anywhere at any time. On top of this, some data backup companies make it so that they cannot only backup your data to different locations, but that they can also restore lost data to entirely different machines as well, using a process called “bare metal restore” in which the entire contents, operating system and all, can be copied onto an entirely new hard drive in an any computer, with the end user then being able to get right back to business as if nothing had ever happened!

Finally, hands down the most important element to scrutinize when choosing which online backup service to use is the level of data security that said company employs. After all, what good does it do for your company to diligently back up its data if you are then just leaving it exposed to theft or misuse in the process? Thus, you should make sure that the level of encryption that the data backup company is using is of the highest order available, with bank and military grade encryption considered to be the best level of data cryptography currently available. In addition to this, be sure to verify that the online data provider that you are choosing uses these high levels of encryption for not only the data that is stored on their servers, but also for files that are in transfer between locations as well, due to the fact that data can often be intercepted by hackers if this is not indeed the case!

Of course, regardless of all the advantages to remaining as informed as possible of all the ever-changing intricacies of online data backup, we here at KineticD believe that the backing up and security of your data is something that you should never have to worry about. Indeed, with our easy to install software (and agentless backup on the way!), hassle-free Continuous Backup services, innovative remote desktop features, bank grade Blowfish data encryption and more, why not try our free 14-day trial today to see what KineticD can do for your company’s online data backup needs?

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

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