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Webopedia Term of the Day: What is Online Backup?

Oct 24, 2012, 13:00 (1 Talkback[s])

In storage technology, online backup means to back up data from your hard drive to a remote server or computer using a network connection. Online backup technology leverages the Internet and cloud computing to create an attractive off-site storage solution with little hardware requirements for any business of any size.

This type of off-site storage is typically part of a business disaster recovery plan, as the data remains safe should your office be at risk from disasters such as fires, flood or employee theft.

How Online Backup Works

Using a high-speed Internet connection, specific files or the entire contents of a hard drive are backed up to the online storage provider's system using a Web browser interface. In some cases the service provider may require software to be installed on your computer, but in either scenario, the files are automatically saved to the online backup on a regular basis (you have the option to schedule the backups at a specific time) or files are automatically backed up when changes are made.

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