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Why Choose LiveVault



Choosing and implementing an online backup service as part of your company’s disaster recovery plan is an important decision that requires careful research and analysis. While we believe that LiveVault is the best solution for many reasons, here are some of the key points to consider when choosing an online backup service:

  • Recovery Speed
  • Reliability
  • Secure Offsite Protection
  • Server Specific Focus with a Proven Track Record

Recovery Speed

Time is money when your system is down. When you need to restore data you may have an entire company waiting on you or even the CEO looking over your shoulder.  LiveVault provides a Service Level Agreement so you can be confident that the only limit to how fast you can download is your own connection to the data center.



To compare the speed of various services, we used an Amazon EC2 hosted server to backup and restore approximately 15 GB of files. We found LiveVault was 5 - 10 times faster than the competition. In addition, folders and files not restored by the other services were corrected within a matter of seconds with LiveVault. Amazon EC2 servers provide for extremely fast connections, allowing us to test the full potential of the servcies. Your own performance will be dependent on the quaility of your connection.

Reliability

Online backup does not necessarily translate to a reliable backup. A key consideration to a successful backup is confidence that restores are going to work when you need them. With LiveVault, the tedious task of regularly testing your backups is taken care of for you so that you can be ensured of a reliable restore when needed. Every operation is validated and then tested to ensure that blocks are written correctly and consistently. In addition there are daily, bi-weekly and monthly consistency checks run against your backups to ensure that the files can be restored if needed. The monthly check actually simulates a full restore of your latest backup.
For a complete analysis of the processes used to ensure that your backups are reliable, please see our PDF file Data Integrity with LiveVault.

Secure Offsite Protection

Entrance to the Iron Mountain Data Bunker

When selecting an online backup, you place your trust with the company you choose. Your data needs to be safe, secure, and protected from all threats. This includes both electronic and physical security. There should also be redundancy through mirrored data centers and regular audits to ensure that all policies and procedures are complied with.

BackUp Solutions is partnered with Iron Mountain and as such, our customer’s data is transmitted and stored at some of the most secure facilities in the world. These data centers have a Class 9 BRUNS-PAK rating and annual SysTrust audits. They also have a historical 99.99% uptime. In addition, all backups are mirrored between two geographically separate data centers.

For more information on security please see – LiveVault Server Backup Security.

Server Specific Focus with a Proven Track Record

Choosing an online backup service provider can be confusing. There are countless new companies claiming to provide the best service. When choosing a provider for your business you should first narrow your choice down to services designed specifically for servers. A server backup requires a different level of expectations which those inexpensive PC based services can not fulfill.

Questions you should be asking include:

  • How long has this service been around?
  • How widely used is it?
  • Is it a proven technology?

BackUp Solutions has been providing online backups for over 10 years. We are focused solely on online backups and have thousands of customers and partners throughout the world. Our partnership with Iron Mountain gives us a unique ability to combine our high level of support with industry leading solutions at a reduced price for our customers. LiveVault itself was founded in 1993 and was acquired by Iron Mountain in 2005. The LiveVault backup has been in use for over 15 years and is currently used on tens of thousands of servers by companies of all sizes.

Conclusion

As you can see, there are many things to consider when selecting an online backup service which fits your needs. LiveVault is designed to not only back up your server but also provides a reliable and secure recovery solution that will get you back up and running as soon as possible. There are many services that can back up and store your data, but only LiveVault guarantees that you can recover your data. LiveVault is the only choice for your business. Our reputation depends on it.