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What is Online Backup? Why is it better than Tape Backup?

Many businesses today are using a form of backup for their company information. Tape backup, as a means to backing up important data, is one of the first and longest-running types of backups. But, is tape backup still the best choice?

Today, tape backup can be more labour intensive, and can require more manual efforts. To store data, tape backups can become a long and tedious process to implement and to use. Tape backups are susceptible to human errors and to security violations because of their physical nature, and their need for transport to offsite locations. Tape backups feature a higher risk of loss because the tapes are physical rather than online. These types of losses can cost businesses both extra time and money.

Many businesses are looking to move toward online backup. Online backups are more reliable, and reliability is the key to ensuring business longevity and success. Data, applications, files, and programs are more secure because they are held in online servers, and are not physical in nature.The data is also encrypted before it is uploaded online.The transfer and storage of information happens in the online environment, so there is no need to transport physical tapes offsite. These features save businesses both time and money, and reduce costs associated with hardware and software, information technology (IT) maintenance, and more.

How can Essential Data Services help?

Essential Data Services puts all of your applications, programs, files and data on the cloud, and takes responsibility for all of your information technology(IT) needs.
We configure all of the software to work on the cloud (during set-up, and along the way). We provide administration and client support. We check for viruses, and if an application is not working, we fix it. We do backups, and we upgrade software when an upgrade is needed and available. We use encryption methods that exceed the industry standards. We continue to consult with you, our customer. We focus on providing comprehensive service with the aim of making your business successful, rather than only on selling a product.

Therefore, Essential Data Services uses state-of-the-art IBM software to manage their cloud services, to ensure access to applications and data are available to customers 24x7x365, and to provide a cloud platform with endless possibilities. We have the technology to “cloud” a client’s entire network of applications, databases, files, and programs. We can help you and your business. Read our company’s bi-weekly blog, or find out more at

Did we answer your questions about Online and Tape Backups? Leave a comment to let us know how we can further help you.


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