The importance of online backup

The crucial importance of online backup for businesses

In the fast-moving world of enterprise computing, online data backup is essential. Companies, whatever their size or sector of activity, are increasingly dependent on digital data to manage their operations, store sensitive information and interact with their customers. 

It is with this in mind that the implementation of online back-ups is becoming not only necessary, but vital to ensuring the continuity and sustainability of any organisation.

What is online backup?

Online backup, also known as cloud backup, is an IT process for storing secure copies of data, files, documents or any other digital content on remote servers via the Internet. 

This method of backup offers several advantages over traditional methods of backup on physical media.

What are the advantages of this solution?

High protection against data loss

Businesses generate and store massive amounts of data, ranging from customer information to financial and operational documents.

The accidental loss of this data due to hardware failure, malware attack, human error or natural disaster can be catastrophic for the business (80% of businesses that have lost their IT data go out of business according to a 2019 study by UK insurer Hiscox).

Online backup ensures that essential data is stored in a secure remote location, reducing the risk of permanent loss. In the event of a major incident, such as a cyber attack or natural disaster, the business can recover its data and resume normal operations thanks to an online backup that will be disconnected from the company’s main network.

Automation and ease of use

Online backup solutions are often automated, meaning that backups can be scheduled to run automatically at regular intervals. This reduces the manual workload for IT teams and ensures that backups are always up to date.

What’s more, these solutions are generally user-friendly and easy to set up, allowing businesses to focus on their core activities rather than managing backups.

Scalability and flexibility

Online backup solutions are generally scalable and easily adaptable to changing business needs.

Whether the company adds new users, new servers or increases its data volume, online backup can adapt accordingly without requiring significant additional investment costs.

Enhanced security

Online backup providers generally use advanced security protocols to protect customer data. This includes encrypting data in transit and at rest, two-factor authentication and implementing security measures to prevent unauthorised access. These features help to ensure that a company’s confidential information is protected against cyber attacks.

Regulatory compliance

Many businesses are subject to strict data protection regulations, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in Europe.

Robust online backup can help businesses meet these regulatory requirements by ensuring data confidentiality, integrity and availability.


As part of the principle of online backup, an interesting option for businesses is file version management. This means that if a file is accidentally modified, it can be restored to a previous version.

Overall, enterprise online backup is an essential part of a data management strategy, providing vital protection against data loss, cyber-attacks and business disruption. It also gives businesses peace of mind that their vital information is secure and easily retrievable when needed.

CEREALOG can help you set up an online backup system

While everyone agrees that outsourced backup is now essential, it is still important to know which criteria to choose when making your choice: cost of data backup or recovery, data confidentiality, location in France or abroad, public cloud or not, length of data retention period, etc.

Don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more about CEREALOG’s all-inclusive, 100% French offering, which meets your needs in terms of compliance (data located in Bordeaux), budget control (no hidden costs for data recovery) and reliability to ensure business continuity.

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