Data Archiving and Backup
Data archives makes restoration of backup files easier and hassle-free. Data backup has now become indispensable for any one using a computer for work, business or storing important personal information like banking, finance and medical information, other than your school/work projects and business records.
The advent of Computer and then Internet has made the world dependent on it for each small and big job. It has now almost become impossible to imagine life without computers. And, along with the comfort of computer has come its associated problems like breakdowns, viruses, – leading to data loss. There can be nothing as bewildering as losing your computer data since it involves hours of work, and files like that of digital photos, etc. cannot be retrieved once lost.
The only method how we can retrieve our important files and folders is data backup. While there are conventional method of data backup like punch tapes, removable hard drives and USB drives; other than storing them in another computer or burning them onto a CD or DVD, they all are susceptible to external conditions like natural disasters, theft and arson. In such situation, online data backup has evolved as the most reliable source of securing your valuable data online.
Online backups help you secure your data in a remote server location, making accidental data loss almost impossible. If you lose your computer data due to hard disk crash, or accidental file deletion, your online backup provider can help you restore all vital files as required inclusive of applications, data files, registries and operating systems. You can schedule backup of your important files as per your requirement like hourly, daily, etc. and even have data archives configured for easy management of your data into weekly and monthly archive data backups.
The advantage of data archives is that, they work in tandem with the backup providers and facilitate the transfer of key business data earlier backed up to CD for extended term offsite storage. This data archives in CDs is especially beneficial for businesses that requires archiving data mainly for legal, audit or compliance grounds. In such cases, the customers consider restoration of files from CDs more adaptable than from online backup servers.
However, storage of critical business information in a remote server location is always recommended because in eventuality of any man-made or natural disasters, your valuable data can always be secure online — thus providing you a chance to start afresh, even in the worst scenario. The only advantage of maintaining data archives of your information on CDs is that, they can be restored faster and quicker than that from the Internet.
At the same time, data archives in remote backups have better security as the valuable data before being transmitted to the remote server location is encrypted and compressed. This nullifies the chances of anyone without the encryption password to access the data. Moreover, data archives help you maintain an organized and manageable working folder of all your files instead of having them spread all over the hard drive or server location.