Monday, March 8, 2010

Online Backup Service

By: Jason Kay

Online users these days can relish the advantage of a remote or managed backup service to backup and store data files on the internet. This service is known as online backup service. And those who provide this kind of service are known as online backup providers.

A special kind of software program runs the online backup systems by following a certain routine which is usually done on a daily basis. The programs functions include collection, compression, encryption and transferring of data to the online backup servers.

These days with computers becoming an integral part of our lives we need a certain method which can help us save more and more information in such a way that it never gets lost. Our reliance on the internet for most of our work has been on the rise continuously. And so, online backup services are the most convenient option for us today.

There are some conventional backup options for us like saving documents in external hard drives or portable memory sticks, but the problem with these methods is that they are not accessible everywhere. On the other hand, on the internet you can access any file or website anywhere and that too at a very fast rate.

Now, let’s talk about some important features of online backup services. Opened file backups are such services where you can backup files like outlook files or SQL database files which are left open all the time. This simplifies the jobs for IT administrators to do their backup work at any time. This service is very useful to enterprises as their backup products support this service natively.

Next up are the multi-platform backup services which can run backups on many platforms at a time. This means that backup can be performed on Windows, Macs or Linux or even UNIX systems simultaneously. Backup services for networks are known as Network backups. They can perform backups between all computer systems located on a LAN from one computer or device.

Some backup services have the feature of backing up the data from different locations pretty easily and at the same time. These services are known as multi-site backup services. The last of the features is the Continuous backup or the CDP. This service can backup data continuously or at a specified time.

These features prove that online backup services are the ultimate choice for internet users today. Not only are these online services efficient, but also very economical. There is no need for any external equipment and there is no fear of any damage or theft either. Your USB or hard drive can be broken or stolen but nothing can happen to data that is safely stored on the internet.

Moreover, your data when stored on the internet can be retrieved at almost any moment. All you need is a computer with an internet connection. Computers after all are machines and anything can go wrong with machines. So we must take necessary measures in advance to protect our vital information from being lost forever. And with online backup services are sure to make file sharing and storing 100% safe and secure.