If you don’t protect your data offsite, or have have an offsite backup plan in place, then you may as well not be backing up at all.

In today’s cloud forward environment, it still surprises me how many organisations rely on ‘traditional’ methods such as tape backups and USB devices to duplicate and protect their data. I’m not denying that there are business cases for using this type of solution, but for the majority of businesses the cloud is the way forward.

If you’re just backing up hours of data to a USB or external hard drive and leaving it in your office next to your PC, then I’m sure you’re aware your files aren’t completely safe. Traditional methods, such as this can be subject to theft, hardware failures natural disasters and human error. Any one of these could cause you to lose all your information.

offsite backup

To get around this issue, you should follow the 3-2-1 rule and protect your data offsite. If you’re unsure the three, two, one rule states that you should:

  • Have at least three copies of your data.
  • Store the copies on two different media.
  • Keep one backup copy offsite.

Click to read more about the 3-2-1 rule.

What is an offsite backup?

This type of solution is just what it says on the tin – you just keep your data ‘off-site’ in another physical location to where your main files are stored. Rather than just having two copies sat next to each other, you have one copy in the office and one in a totally different location.

This alone minimises risk dramatically and thanks to the cloud businesses can access real-time replication to secure data centres at the click of a button with solutions such as Nimbox.

However, should your business still wish to use traditional methods you can perform your normal backups to external hard drives and transport them to another location. However, this in itself has a few vulnerabilities.

At the end of the day, your IT manager should evaluate the best option for your business. Whether you decide on a traditional tape or cloud solution, you should at least make sure your data is protected offsite. If you’d like any more information just contact the team.

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