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What is the difference between onsite and offsite backups?

You need to complete regular backups to ensure that you do no lose any important data. Onsite backups are a backup which takes place within your business premises.  Devices typically used for onsite backups would be external hard drives, Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices, or even tape drives.  Onsite backups are easier to access if your data needs to be restored quickly due to a mishap or a failure.  

Even though you have backed up your data on another device, we would still recommend that you take this backup device away from your premises in case of a disaster like a fire or a flood that could destroy your equipment.  If this device was still onsite during a disaster it too could be destroyed.  

An offsite backup stores your data away from your business premises in locations such as a data centre – a storage centre designed to securely hold data for various companies.  Having an offsite backup is a safe and secure way to store all your information away from your business premises in a safe and secure environment.  

If something was to happen causing you to lose your data meaning that you needed your backup, you would have two options.  The first being to travel to the location of your offsite backup and obtain a copy of your data, the second option would be to download your backup data over the internet – both of these options could be time consuming.

We would therefore recommend a combination of both onsite and offsite backups as the best backup solution.

Posted: March 30th, 2015