Technology enablement is no longer a distant dream. Even small and medium enterprises with almost no established networks can achieve unprecedented levels of automation with an Internet connection and sufficient bandwidth. Enterprises with well established LAN/WAN can now hitch their networks to the Internet and empower themselves in a variety of new ways.

Critical data protection needs of small and medium businesses are addressed when online backup services can backup enterprise data to multiple data storage locations simultaneously for redundancy and high availability. SMBs can now backup critical data and even business related emails from different points on their network or from disparate machines to a single online repository for monitoring and access. The task can be automatically triggered at specified points in time or can be set as a continuous operation that happens in the background as enterprises get on with their work-a-day lives.

But online backup technology has more to offer to small and medium enterprises than mere backup. Most online backup services have sophisticated in built document management systems. These systems maintain enable the organization of files and folders in meaningful ways. The elaborate versioning systems ensure that a file is never lost or overwritten erroneously. De-duplication and compression features save space and bandwidth and make content management a breeze for the IT administrator. User friendly interfaces with state of art user management features make online backup technology a pleasure.

The real benefit of technology enablement is felt at the cutting edge of the business. Anywhere, anytime, any mode access keeps the enterprise connected 24 x7 x 365. Mobile users or desktop users with an Internet connection and bandwidth can access the online repository from any point in the globe with sufficient authorization and authentication. All they need is a web browser! Online backup services replicate almost all the functionalities that are available on the client side application in their web browser based application for ease of access by their customers.

Enterprises with large databases are specifically enabled. Physical media uploads are encouraged by online backup service providers. This frees the enterprise from worries associated with unpredictable internet connections, backup windows and first backups. Enterprises with large volumes of mission-critical data backed up into tapes and removable disk drives can advantage themselves with the physical media upload option and get their data online smoothly with very few hassles. Similarly, enterprises desirous of maintaining their mission-critical data in removable disks in offline storage can request the online backup service provider to copy all data on to a removable disk drive and send it back to the enterprise for offline storage and additional security.

Data security is guaranteed. Bank grade or military grade encryption protocols are used to encrypt data at the point of transmission to prevent eavesdropping or data hijacks by unauthorized listeners on the network. Data is also stored in an encrypted format in the online backup repositories with encryption keys that are only available with the customer.

Enterprises get real value for their money in the disaster recovery plans that come integrated with online backup services. Replication services at the service provider’s end ensure that data is never inaccessible to the customer. Fail over servers, mirror servers and hot sites seamlessly take over when the main backup server develops hardware or software problems. Bare metal restores or restores of data to the same or similar operating environment from anywhere to anywhere in the world, anytime is a boon to customers who lose all their local data to natural or man made disasters.T

Technology enablement, therefore, does not have to be expensive to be efficient. Small and medium enterprises can advantage themselves by improving data accessibility, flexibility and yet maintain the security of data uncompromisingly.