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Remote Backups

Even more disturbing is the fact that 85% of businesses that suffer a catastrophic data loss will go out of business within one year. Businesses and users have learned the hard way that traditional methods for backup and data recovery are costly, unreliable, and time consuming. Ensuring that all your business and personal data is backed up and recoverable is not a luxury, it's a necessity.

Online backups offer these great benefits:

    * No costs for hardware, software or tape media.
    * Reduces staff costs associated with legacy tape backup solutions.
    * Military grade encryption during transit and storage.
    * Long term data archiving to DVD/CD available (eg: Month end/Year end).
    * Automatic email notification of backup issues.
    * 24x7x365 access to your data for restores. 

Pervasive Systems is committed to ensuring the cost of securing your digital assets is affordable, safe, secure, reliable, and available whenever you need them.


Remote Backups work basically like regular data backup software, with one important difference. Instead of sending backups to a tape drive or other media attached to the computer it is backing up, Remote Backup sends the backup over the Internet to our servers at the data center. It does this (usually) at night while your computers aren't being used.

It’s completely automatic. In fact, you may even forget it’s working. Most businesses put their lives on the line every night and don’t realize it. With businesses depending more and more on the data stored in their computers, proper backups are becoming much more critical.

Remote Backup accomplishes several essential steps that are often overlooked or done improperly by other backup software - especially in the regular non-automated backup systems.

Backups are done on schedule and reliably. Most businesses don’t do this. For one reason or another, they don’t keep a regular backup regimen. Usually it’s because the person responsible for doing backups (if there is one) is too busy doing something else, or someone is using the computer when it’s time for a backup, or they simply forget. Since Remote Backups are done with automated software usually at night, when nobody is using the computer, backups are always done on schedule.

The correct files are backed up. Ordinary backup software is often installed with a list of files to be backed up. This set of files usually represents the state of the system when the software was installed, and often misses critical files. Further, it often fails to back up files that get added later. Compounding this problem, VERY few businesses take the trouble to reset their backup software regularly to include new files.

Remote Backup solves this problem by constantly reevaluating your computer system, adding files to the backup as needed. Multiple copies of files are stored using a sophisticated version control system unavailable in most other backup software of any kind. This is much too important to overlook.

The general definition of "proper" backups requires redundancy. One must keep multiple copies of the same files at different points in their development, called versions. As an example, you should have a different copy of each backed-up file for each backup session. Further, you should be able to easily restore any of your files up to any given point in time. Banks do it, big corporations do it, and so should small businesses. Only PS Backup has such an easy to use version control system.

Backups are encrypted for complete security. Would you want someone to be able to slip one of your backup tapes into a pocket and take it to your competitor? It happens all the time. Tape backups are not generally encrypted, so anyone can read them and gain access to your client database, billing records, payroll, tax info, and everything else on your computer.

Remote Backup encrypts its backups for complete security so nobody, not even us can read your files. Finally and most importantly - Backups are immediately sent offsite and stored safely away from your computer and your business. This is where almost every business makes its biggest mistake. Even if you do everything else perfectly, your backups are of little use if your building burns or you are unable to physically recover your tapes from the premises. Most small companies who do backups leave the tapes in the building with the computer, where they can be destroyed right along with the computer.

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