By Ben Puzzuoli, Technical Sales Director at KineticD
June 10, 2011

KineticD Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Backing Up Your Company’s Server Online

Much like the central processing unit (or CPU) of a computer, your company’s servers lie at the center of almost everything your enterprise endeavors in doing.  From company email systems, payroll applications, scheduling, inventory, accounting, you name it; without the central processing power of your company’s servers and databases, you know that your business could easily cease to be a business at all in no time!  Thus, it is easily understandable just how important it is to avoid data loss from your servers at all cost, with the safest and most efficient method being the utilization of online data backup services.

The backing up of servers and databases is one of the trickiest types of backups to perform, and thus it is best left to specialized companies to maintain.  Data of this nature must remain available at all times in order for the day-to-day activities of any company to be maintained at all, making the cloud the perfect place to back this data up.  Offsite data backup offers companies who have temporarily lost the use of their servers, or the information on said servers, to instantly access the backed up copy from any location, allowing them to more easily meet their RTOs (Recover Time Objectives) in the case of any IT mishap.  In addition to this, backing up online means that all the equipment that will be used to store the company’s backed up files will be the sole responsibility of the online backup provider, freeing up both the company’s equipment budget and man-hours to focus on other matter at hand.

Speaking of saving time, did I mention that online backup of servers and databases can be a fully automated process?  This is one of the biggest selling points of online backup in general because, once again, it saves companies time and money, and also because it ensures that backups will always happen on time, every time.  In addition to this, online data backup makes it so that you can backup all of your company’s laptops, desktops, mobile devices and servers alike from the same account, further lessening the amount of time you have to spend keeping your data safe.  Many online backup companies now also offer additional advanced features like Blowfish encryption for both stored and transferring data, deduplication technology to save time and resources and automatic data correction of any corrupt files that are discovered on the system.

By backing up your company’s servers online, you will not only be getting peace of mind that your data is safe, but will also be able to enjoy the advantage of accessing your company’s files from anywhere that has an internet connection!  This advantage serves to bring about a whole new host of new possibilities, including collaborating with others in the cloud by using features like “file versioning” that make it so that you can pass around files between users that they are free to alter, because you can in effect “go back in time” and retrieve a previous version of the same file if you so desire.  Accessing your company’s data from anywhere will also allow your company’s employees to be more productive when on the go, have easier access to customer data, work schedules and more.  And, if your business has more than one server, you can also manage the backing up of all those servers using only one account with the online backup company, making things even more convenient!

In fact, once you start using online data backup for your company’s servers, you will find that connecting to your online data will be as quick as if you were just accessing that of another machine on your LAN, with modern day bandwidths allowing for similar speeds to be obtained.  In addition to this, you’ll be able to use the cloud computing application to backup or copy any of your company’s data to any other location that supports FTP, FTPS or SFTP, allowing your enterprise unprecedented levels of data adaptability, with this potentially coming especially in handy in the future if your company ends up expanding and thus adding additional branches and office locations!  And, throughout all of this, you will not have to worry about the security of your data being compromised, with bank grade blowfish encryption being used at all times for any data that is being transferred using the online backup company’s services.

Here at KineticD, we understand the importance of maintaining the integrity and accessibility of your company’s data.  After all, data security isn’t just a matter of keeping your company afloat anymore, with newer government regulations like HIPPA and the Sarbanes Oxley Act requiring companies to protect and have readily available their data at all times.  For these reasons and more, we are proud to present our KineticSecure and KineticExtend services, which will allow your company the peace of mind of knowing that your data is protected, and the flexibility to use that data in ways that you may never have before thought possible.

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

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