Offsite Backup Frequently Asked Questions
Even if you are currently backing up to tape, zip disk, CD-RW, or other form of media, more than likely, the process is not completely automated. An employee must change out the media periodically and manually verify that completed backups are successful. Our online backup system bypasses this tedious process. Backups are 100% automated, and backup reports are sent by email daily. At any time, you can retrieve or verify your files on our server from virtually any location in the world!
Only an internet connection is needed! This completely eliminates the need to purchase expensive backup hardware and/or media. Because the system is completely automated, you don't have to spend valuable time swapping disks or tapes.
The initial backup always takes the longest, and can vary from minutes to hours to days, depending on the volume of data being backed up. However, after the first full backup, our server compares its file store with the files on your computer and backs up only those files that have been modified since the last backup, which minimizes bandwidth overhead and can take as little as 2 minutes. Transfer speeds of course depend on the speed of your internet connection, but we can accommodate speeds ranging from old fashioned dialup all the way up to corporate LAN connections.
All communications between Intelliwire Offsite Backup Server and your computer are transported in a 128-bit SSL (Secure Socket Layer) channel. Although all your backup files travel through a public network (internet), eavesdroppers have no knowledge of what has been exchanged.
Encryption is basically a mathematical formula that scrambles a data file. The only way to decode it is with the encryption code.
In the event of a catastrophic loss of your data, locally, you will have two options to retrieve your previously backed up data with Intelliwire: