Online Backup

Do you have any backups of your data? Are you willing to lose precious data such as your digital photos, accounts, letters, spreadsheets, and the list goes on and on. Today, you hardly keep so many paper documents as everything is kept digitized for easy handling. Who are we kidding, it is convenient to travel with a portable disk or a notebook computer than a business briefcase!

Even better, there is now IBackup – an Online Backup service starting from $9.95 per month for 5GB. It includes scheduled backups, access to drive letters on your machine, and access from browsers. This means that your backed up data can be accessed from anywhere.

This is a great alternative to that off site backup requirements for ISO17799 certification!

Another intriguing feature is the ability to backup open files, for example the Outlook files when you are logged on to an Exchange server. I am currently running scheduled backup using rsync via cygwin but the in use files will fail to be transferred over.

Additionally, if your business use SQL Server, Oracle, or Exchange – IBackup offers hot backups specific to these applications and many more. Go ahead and take the free trial now and let me know what you think.

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3 thoughts on “Online Backup”

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  2. Online backups are not a panacea. The network traffic can be considerable (depending on how much data you create or revise every day – my Outlook .PST file is hundreds of Mb!), and you are reliant on the supplier’s security e.g. not to disclose backed-up information to others without your authorization.

    I prefer local backups through the LAN using Cobian Backup (free!) with occasional offline backups to CD, DVD and/or USB hard drive stored in a fire safe.

    By the way, there is no such thing as ISO 17799 – it is now called ISO/IEC 27002, and the certification standard is ISO/IEC 27001.

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  3. @Gary: For my own network I use LAN transfers and DVD backups too. This solution is more suitable for small companies and individuals who are not technical enough or who can’t hire any expert like you (yet!).

    Thanks for pointing out the rename of ISO 17799 to ISO/IEC 27002. I left the “standards” field a year back – too messy!

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