Offsite Backup can refer to three different methods of getting copies of your digital assets offsite:
Physical removal from your premises of the media holding your backed up files
- Removable Drive
- Portable Hard Drive
- CD / DVD
- Magnetic Tape
Success depends on good practices and data management. See our section for Onsite Backup which includes media and devices that can be removed from the premises
Transfer of backup data to an offsite remote location
This is quite common practice where a business has more than one physical business address. At least one location can have a hard drive or other device specifically set aside to receive files from other premises.
Each location should have its own physical copy of backed up data (External Drive, RAID or NAS Backup), with software that automatically copies the files over the internet to the remote location. In some ways this is a Private Cloud Backup
Cloud Backup Service
This is the most popular system people think of when they refer to offsite backups. In addition to the Onsite backups you should have software that automatically copies designated files to a the servers of an Online / Cloud Service Provider. Note it is not normally cost effective, or practical for recovery, to store copies of all your files with an online service. You can read more on our Online / Cloud Backup page
The video below will give you some ideas about how you could use physical devices to remove backups offsite and some cloud services.