Online data backup service launches for Australian business

LiveBackup takes a swipe at tape storage

Managed data backup firm, LiveBackup, has launched an automated, online data backup service for Australian businesses.

Tape has maintained its position at the head of most organisational backup strategies for the last 20 years, but LiveBackup managing director, Peter Thompson, said the new service is a sign that the end for tape drives is nigh.

“Tape drives are notoriously unreliable, the manual backup process is open to human error and the restoration process is slow, stressful and far from fail-proof,” he said.

Advanced software and increased bandwidth are increasingly enabling online backup services. Australia has typically lagged behind much of the world when it comes to bandwidth, but that is beginning to change, opening the doors for Australian-based online backup solutions.

LiveBackup is a fully managed backup has on a pay-as-you-go model. Its uses agent-less technology to support the most common operating systems and databases. Backup is automated and secure, according to the company and restoration works according to company-defined parameters and schedules.

It stores copies of the data in three locations — an onsite vault and two geographically remote, secure data centres located in Australia. Data transfers and archives are encrypted.

The company claims data can be retrieved “within minutes” in the event of a site disaster.

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