Why we love online backups (and why you should too!)

 2017-01-25 11:50 AM by
Why we love online backups (and why you should too!)

IronTree opened its doors seven years ago as an online backup company. While our business may seem banal and boring, it's actually a fun, rewarding and interesting business to be in.


During the seven years that we've been running, we have heard a lot of stories from new and existing customers about how they came to IronTree and how IronTree essentially saved their businesses by helping them with online backups.

We have helped companies that have been in the following situations:

    • All the computers in their offices have been stolen
    • Their offices have been flooded
    • They have left their laptop at the X-Ray machine at the airport and it is gone
    • Employees have maliciously deleted all their company data
    • They have been held to ransom by the crypto-locker virus
    • Their offices have burned down
    • Their offices have been ransacked by striking workers
    • Their servers have crashed due to hardware failures
    • Their laptop and their backup drive has been stolen from their car
    • Their car has been stolen with their laptop in it

All of these companies have been able to benefit from recovering their data from their online backups stored with us.

For us, this is the most rewarding part of our business: being able to fulfill a real need when crises occur in businesses and online backups are the only way to recover their valuable data.

We have grown to have over 12 000 companies relying on us for the data needs of their business continuity plans by providing them with online backups on a daily basis. These companies can rest assured that when the time comes to restore their data - if they have selected it correctly in the setup process - we will be able to restore their online backups.

All companies will lose data at some point. This is not even in question; based on our information and experience it is a statistical fact. Typically, Monday mornings are our peak time for doing data restores, where companies have either had their computers stolen over the weekend or some other disaster has befallen them.

There are many reasons why we love online backups. These are just some of them:

Online backups are easy.

We help all our customers get their first backup going. Thereafter, it is 100% automated and you will never lose a backup unless your internet is switched off.

Online backups are safe.

All data is compressed and encrypted when it is transferred over the internet as well as when it is stored on our servers. Other pseudo backup services like Dropbox do not allow you to personally encrypt your data.

Recovery of data is simple when using online backup.

Call us and we will assist you in completing you online backup restore. It's as simple as that.

There are no long-term commitments or contracts with online backup.

Online backups are a month-to-month service. If you are unhappy, you can simply terminate your contract and move on - it's that simple.

If you're wondering if online backups are worth it, ask yourself the following questions:

How much time and money would it take to re-capture your data?

How much interest would you have to pay to your bank because you cannot collect from your debtors as you do not know the balances owed and cannot provide documentation?

How much will the delays in production of services costs as you do not have your bill of materials data for your factory?

How long will it take to recover and get your business flowing again as you do not know your stock on hand for any products.

How do you meet the regulatory requirements of VAT and provisional tax when you cannot work out how much to pay?

If you are running a payroll system, how do you work out and keep records of all leave and salary payments and overtime and expenses when the system is gone?

When you think about it, the cost of backing up your data online is far outweighed by the benefits of having online backups in place for your business.