Bitback’s Online and On-Site Backup Solutions for You and/or Your Business Part 2


So if you read my earlier post about online/cloud/offsite backups you’re ready for part 2: The Onsite Backup.

I told you in that earlier post about the main reasons we lose our data.

  • Drive Failures (38 %)
  • Drive Read Instability (30 %)
  • Software Issues (13 %)
  • User Error (12 %)
  • Natural Disasters – Hurricanes, Flooding, Fire, etc. (7%)

And you’ll notice that only 7% would actually require your data to be somewhere else. For the top 4 reasons, it would be perfectly fine to keep your data in-house. In fact it would be better – speed of recovery. Imagine you had a 125GB video file that you need to restore.  If it is on a server locally, it should take 5 minutes to restore. If it’s in the cloud, it may take 30 minutes or more just to download. See the difference? And if it’s data for a customer or client, faster recovery is always better.

Another benefit to onsite restores is that you can use one of the many image based backup solutions that are available. What image based solutions do is back up the entire PC, so that if the whole hard drive goes bad, restoring is as simple as replacing the drive and restoring the whole system in under 30 minutes. The alternative can take days or hours; you have to reinstall Windows, reinstall all of your programs (you have the software still right?), manually restore data files, manually try and get all of your emails back…see where I’m going with this? Yep, onsite is a good backup plan. Offsite is for the unforeseeable disaster that wipes out your physical location (or a real need for data access from the road).

Some things to remember about backups:

  • Onsite for a speedy recovery
  • Onsite for image based backups (and speedy recovery)
  • Offsite for really bad disasters (or remote data access)
  • Both of the above is better (The Hybrid Backup)

Thanks for reading,




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  1. Posted March 16, 2012 at 11:58 am | Permalink

    Does Image based backup & bare metal backup solution… Both are same?

    • Posted March 16, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      I would say bare metal refers to a restore to different hardware. While image based copies the entire machine and is more a backup term.