Remote Data Backup Service

Remote data backup service appears to be one of the new hot button issues with IT people around the country as they struggle with the issues of security, terrorism, disaster scenarios and other what if situations, none of the them good for onsite data recovery prospects. There are perhaps as many questions about remote data backup software as there are about services for the same thing. The remote services are not inexpensive, with the bigger companies charging as much as twenty-five hundred dollars a month for high end services and about six hundred to a thousand dollars per month for standard services. Some remote data backup software assumes the customer has a reliable server somewhere in a remote and secure area where the software can send selected data or all data on an ongoing basis while other software providers send daily information to their servers. Think about all the reasons to employ a back up service.

A most telling statistic is that on average, one in ten computers experience hard drive crashes each year, resulting in the dreaded "fatal error" message. Some computer geniuses are able to retrieve much of the information from such a disaster, but it might be the ten percent of irretrievable information that brings about grief. There are virus attacks that can creep like slithering snakes into programs and files, corrupting them and rendering them useless, or even worse, vulnerable to a hacker's whim. Theft of a sale person's laptop in an airport terminal or perhaps stealing information sent over a wireless network can bring about untold damage to a businesses' reputation and the inability to reproduce the information on that stolen laptop or snatched from a wireless router may bring financial ruin to any business. And of course, the natural disaster, where a tornado or flood or hurricane or fire can completely destroy the computer physically, rendering even a retrieval genius impotent to bring back important information.

So why not use a remote data backup service or at least remote data backup software? Here are a few advantages to this service. First, no person in the office ever has to fiddle with backing up information every night again and no saving to CDs and no bulky tapes systems, so if a company is now having to take tapes each night to an offsite storage facility, that errand can go away. Secondly, a remote data backup service usually provides several off-site storage facilities in case one of them is destroyed and a small to midsized company may only have one distant off site. Third, the back up only occurs incrementally after the initial backup and many of these companies also offer as many as two weeks of nightly backups and the files are encrypted and compressed before leaving the company. "Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein." (Luke 18:17)

There are also some disadvantages to this kind of service. Imagine if you have had a number of years of information not backed up and you decide to dump it all to a remote data backup service. How wide is the bandwidth that runs between your company and the remote server? Can privacy be 100% guaranteed, even after the data is encrypted? What if the remote service goes out of business or the password is lost? How will lost information be recovered; Internet, disk or tape? Frankly, this writer is getting headache thinking about all of this.

With most every business today riding on the presumption that there is really no way to operate without a computer network, LAN, WAN or both, it is surprising that remote data backup service is not more widely used. Secure Internet data backup services take the responsibility of keeping clients' information very safe. Just as some scientists who are eager to save the seeds from the earth's most important food crops from disease and blight have stored thousands of backup seeds in a secret far northern arctic cave, many Internet back up services have very secure physical locations, usually underground and away from possible flood damage and often in undisclosed locations. In addition, remote data backup software varies in how each one actually saves a company's or individuals files. Some companies save the information in a differential manner. This means that the information is saved just as it is written or composed on the monitor screen. Other services save the information incrementally. This means that the information is saved as changes are made to the documents or files.

There used to be an old television ad touting car oil filters and its slogan was something like, pay now for a new filter or pay later when the engine seizes up. Perhaps the people that thought up that commercial came up with the idea of remote data backup software. Perhaps the reader has never considered that God wants every person on earth to have a backup plan also. God wants human beings to be kind to one another and be fair to each other and provide for each others' needs, but it will not be enough to enter leaven, because as one wise person said, God does not grade us on a curve. Good outweighing the bad? Not with God. His backup plan for all of us is have full and complete trust that Jesus Christ alone paid for our shortcomings, our sin and our mistakes, and that our hope for eternal life solely rests in Him.

Backup Storage Devices

Understanding the importance of backup data storage systems is crucial given the huge place that the computer holds in everyday life and business. A lifetime of records, information, work, creativity and memories can be lost in a flash. Whether the crisis comes in the form of a hard drive crash, the loss or theft of a family computer, or destruction by a natural disaster, loosing the information stored in a computer can be devastating. Computer data can represent financial records, family recipes, hours of homework, a near finished novel or years of family photos. It can represent the lifeblood of a small business, or the names and addresses of friends and family. This storehouse of treasures and memories deserves protection. Investing in any of a number of backup storage devices is essential to today's consumer. Any wise computer owner will strive to protect this treasure. The Bible talks about the wisdom that comes from God. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)

One of the challenges faced by owners of personal computers is managing the vast quantity of information that is stored on the average home or business computer. Managing the life cycle of these files and protecting the files that are still in use is a major concern for both the home and the business computer owner. Setting up a hierarchy of newer, more frequently used files and deleting files that are no longer needed is also known as data life cycle management. Efficient backup storage devices have to also take into consideration which files are worth keeping and which are obsolete. A particular file's priority is measured by ascertaining the length of time that has passed since a file has been accessed. Some programs will work to make sure that the most needed files are the ones that take priority and are the easiest to access. This approach is especially important in the storage of business information.

Loss of important records and information can occur in any number of ways from the crisis of a major hard drive crash to something as simple as a cup of coffee spilled on a nearby laptop. Taking the steps to make sure that these vital files are stored and readily accessible in case of emergency can be a life saver. Of the many types of backup storage devices that are available, the magnetic tape data storage format is most often used for larger computer systems. Hard drive back up software is available for both the business and the home computer. Other options for preserving computer through backup data storage systems can include the use of zip drives or burning files on recordable compact discs and rewritable compact discs or recordable digital video discs and rewritable digital video discs. These tools will store the files chosen by the user and can be saved on the computer again once things are back to normal. External hard drives and memory sticks can also perform a similar function. Whether the need is to preserve financial records and spreadsheets, word documents, digital photographs, music or other media, storage on external devices is a good option.

A more comprehensive approach to creating backup data storage systems is the use of drive-imaging programs. Rather than simply making copies of individual files, a drive imaging program creates what amounts to an image of the contents of the entire drive. Individual files can be retrieved later if needed, including older versions of a specific file. An entire hard drive can easily be restored to working order using this method. These devices can be scheduled to perform back ups as frequently as the consumer desires. Remote backup systems are also available and offer the consumer the opportunity to store their important files online. These services are extremely convenient since they require little effort on the part of the consumer and most will automatically back up any changes to files while continually updating without any work on the user's part. The user can also access their information from another computer if need be. These services generally operate on a subscription basis and require a monthly fee that can vary according to the amount of information that needs to be stored and the different services that are required.

Choosing efficient backup storage devices for laptop computers and notebook computers is also very important. The portability of laptop computers and notebook computers make them much more susceptible to theft, accidental damage, or just being misplaced. These risks make preserving the important files on a laptop or notebook computer even more crucial. While there are professionals who can work to restore data that has been lost because of a hard drive crash, theft, loss or damage, the time that the device spends in the shop is time when the consumer's work comes to a sudden stop. For anyone who earns their livelihood by using computer technology on a daily basis, this down time can be devastating. Also available are a variety of hard drive crash recovery software programs. Many of these products are geared more toward hard drive crash prevention rather than recovery. While they can be very useful in helping to recover specific files, a technology professional may still be required in the event of a major hard drive crash. With the many different types of backup data storage systems are available, the consumer would benefit from thorough research before selecting a solution that best meets their needs.

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