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The amount of data used by businesses has increased exponentially, in the past five years alone. Corporate scandals, international unrest and glaring security flaws in computer operating systems and software applications have resulted in intense and detailed analysis of data, as it enters and leaves an individual's PC/enterprise computer. The private information stores of several prestigious organizations, largely sensitive and personal in nature, have been lost, misplaced or accessed by hackers. With the emergence of affordable, high-speed Internet connections, online backup solution providers are gaining popularity by offering numerous advantages over traditional tape strategies. Online backup can be defined as a web-based service that specifically allows customers to back up files to a secure or protected site i.e. a remote data center. The purpose of the service is to create a second copy of the customer's primary files, to insure them against any loss of data. Online backup systems are typically built around a client software program that runs on a schedule, typically once a day. This program collects, compresses, encrypts and transfers the data to the servers of a remote backup service provider. Their success depends upon the multiple OS and file systems and security. With the dynamic landscape and new entrants emerging each year, online backup is an exciting space. The storage sector has been afflicted with innovation coupled with sound business model.
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