The difference between onsite and offsite backups, and why you need both

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So you like how your IT is going? You’ve got some cool looking machines and the odd futuristic looking thing that flashes a reassuring green light occasionally – great. Well no matter how efficient your computer system might appear to be, there’s always the possibility of a malfunction wiping out your data – costly data and much-needed information that you can’t be without. PCs and servers can be repaired or replaced, but if the data’s not backed up then it’s gone forever. The raw truth is that half of all companies fold following a major loss of data, and no one wants that. So perhaps it’s time to face facts and admit that you need to make sure that your backup systems are on point… let’s get you better acquainted:


As the name suggests onsite backups are kept at your place of business and these can come in a variety of forms from external hard drives, to CDS, NAS drives, USBs etc. Using onsite backups such as this means that you can always have them to hand if required, but require regular manual backups whenever you receive or create some new important data. There’s also an issue that you may have lost your data due to physical damage such as a fire or a flooding, and with onsite backups in the same premises it’s possible that these will become damaged too. Or you could just misplace them… but you’d never do that… right?

The onsite backup solution that we provide is an internal storage device which we install for the client and that backs up all data on a scheduled basis.


Offsite backups copy the data from your server or computer to a secured hosted server. Offsite backups will prevent data loss due to power failure, theft, and natural disasters etc. Offsite backups can be accessed from any location and can be shared with a number of different remote locations or multiple offices. In some cases, offsite data can be tricky to access, but we ensure that it is always monitored and will give plenty of notice when our site needs to go down for maintenance.

Why you need both

A combination of both onsite and offsite backup is the most effective way to avoid the potentially crippling effects of data loss. For peace of mind, as well as the safety and security of your business, we recommend implementing a system that uses both methods. By having both onsite and offsite backup used in conjunction with each other, a problem in one side of the equation can be offset by recovery from the other side – sorted.

SMBs are increasingly adopting cloud solutions as part of their backup strategies – especially with volumes of data on the rise. The bottom line: Cloud backup is flexible, cost-effective and easy to use. And when combined with onsite backup, you get an unprecedented level of security and accessibility. With the right software solution for your business needs, storing and protecting big data can be a reality for organizations of any size.

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