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Remote Backup Buyer's Guide - Introduction

Remote Backup Buyer's Guide - Introduction

Published: 04/11/2011 by EDX

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Introduction

If you don't have a system in place to back up your critical business data, you're putting your company at risk. Remote backup services protect businesses from viruses, natural disasters, and power outages by transferring copies of information stored on computers to a secure remote data center.

 

 

With remote backup, you select the files you want to copy and schedule when you want backups to occur. The system automatically copies the data, encrypts it, and sends it securely over the Internet to the vendor’s servers at a constantly monitored data center. If a user accidentally deletes a file or finds it is corrupted, you simply access the offsite backup server from your PC and download the most recent clean version.

 

 

Businesses may have serious reservations about sending customer information and confidential data over the Internet. However, since the software encrypts every file before it leaves your computers, the offsite backup process is highly secure. Even if the files fall into the wrong hands, the data can’t be accessed without the required password.

 

 

Remote backup vendors can offer solutions for all types of businesses and any amount of data. This BuyerZone Remote Backup Buyer’s Guide will explore how offsite backup works, which features are available, what to look for in a vendor, and how the pricing tiers work.

 

 

 

 

 

Table of contents

 

Remote backup basics

 

 

How online remote backup works

 

 

Remote data backup features

 

 

Choosing a remote backup vendor

 

 

Remote backup pricing

 

 

Remote backup services tips

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing guidelines

 

Actual costs for remote backup can vary tremendously based on the amount of data you wish to store and the number of employees accessing the software. Here are some very rough estimates.

 

 

 

Backup service

 

Notes

 

Estimated cost

 

Setup and installation

 

Simple installation

 

$70 to $150 per hour

 

 

Setup and installation

 

Complex installation

 

$150 to $250 per hour

 

 

First‐time backup

 

One‐time fee

 

$40 to $100

 

 

One‐time license fee

 

Fee necessity varies by company

 

$8 to $80 per user