How to achieve fully automated, business-grade, offsite server backup to the cloud.

Put your Internet connection to good use and achieve enhanced cyber-resilience.

Designed specifically for the needs of SMEs, the BackupAssist Cloud Offsite Add-on delivers fully automated, offsite Windows Server cloud backup, with guaranteed yearly, monthly, weekly and daily restore points, and a host of data security features. Supports Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and private cloud options.

this add-on

BackupAssist already provides, out of the box:
  • Full disaster recovery capabilities via drive imaging
  • System, application and file backups to locally-connected backup hardware
However:
  • BackupAssist Classic’s offsite backups rely on human intervention - someone swapping out a hard disk or RDX cartridge.
  • In case of cyber-attack, we recommend having an additional offsite backup in the cloud to enhance your cyber-resilience

this add-on

Achieve fully automated offsite backups:
  • Business grade backup technology for files and applications to the cloud.
  • AES-256 encryption, deduplication and compression.
  • Up to 71% space savings on typical data sets, with 100% privacy and security.
  • You have full ownership and control of your data.
  • Grandfather-Father-Son scheme gives you yearly, monthly, weekly and daily restore points.
  • Back up to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, or private cloud.
  • Ideal companion to BackupAssist Classic for enhanced cyber-resilience.

What's in it for you

Enhanced cyber-resilience with multiple eggs in multiple baskets
Far too many businesses have one backup, the wrong backup, or no backup at all.

The ever growing problem of hacking and sabotage means that attackers can delete backups and install ransomware.

Don’t be a victim. Keep multiple backups – multiple eggs in multiple baskets – to be cyber-resilient.
Helps you comply with data handling laws, such as HIPAA, GDPR, PIPEDA
Data breaches are a major problem. Failing to secure your customer data can mean steep fines and lawsuits.

The Cloud Offsite Add-on secures your backup data with client-side AES-256 encryption. Even if the cloud container is breached, the leaked data is gibberish without the decryption key.
Put your existing internet connection to good use
The majority of organizations operate during fixed working hours, but pay for an Internet connection that is connected 24/7.

Now you can put that connection to good use by running cloud offsite backups.

With advanced features like throttling, resilient transfers and bandwidth saving, it runs silently in the background.

How is it different

There are a myriad of cloud offsite backup options available. They vary greatly in price and features.

So what makes our server cloud backup software ideal?

Businesses have much higher requirements than consumers, so here are two compelling reasons to choose us.

Reason 1: We take data handling and security seriously

You choose where your data gets stored - public or private cloud.

With our “bring your own storage” approach, you have 100% control over where you put your backup data.

  • You choose which cloud provider to use - AWS S3 or Azure blob storage, or private cloud using WebDAV.
  • You choose which country to put it in.
  • You choose what redundancy to use - such as geo-replication.
Deduplication and compression.
Most data on a system is repeated, contains empty space, or can be compressed.

We save your storage costs and bandwidth by performing client-side deduplication and compression. On typical installations, it can reduce the storage space required by 71%!

Not only will your backups run faster, but you’ll pay less in hosting costs.
Fully insulated client-side encryption.
Not only do we use the best encryption standard available – the AES-256 cipher – we also use it in a way to achieve a fully private “silo” of storage that is insulated from all other data stored in the same cloud provider.

In contrast, many cloud backup hosts will use AES in “convergent” mode, which reduces security and pools encrypted data across tenants to save space.

Reason 2: The recovery is reliable and simple

Full VSS application support.

In order to properly back up applications like Exchange, Hyper-V and SQL, your backup software needs to properly integrate with VSS so that data snapshots are consistent.

The Cloud Offsite Add-on does this for both backup and restore, so the integrity of your data is assured.

Business-grade data retention.

Many businesses need to keep a “system of record”, or guaranteed restore points to satisfy regulatory compliance such as SOX.

Simply use the Cloud Offsite Add-on’s Grandfather-Father-Son (GFS) scheme to achieve a variety of yearly, monthly, weekly and daily restore points.

Integrated with the BackupAssist Classic Restore Console

You get all the benefits of automated offsite backups with the ease-of-use of the BackupAssist Classic Restore Console.

  • Browse and search for files and applications across your backups
  • Restore to original location, or a specific location.

How it works

  • engine Under the Hood
Our server cloud backup software brings enterprise features to SMEs.

VSS Integration

When a backup starts, all files and applications are snapshotted using the Windows VSS infrastructure, which provides file and application consistency.

The same happens at restore time – applications are consistently restored through the VSS infrastructure.

Data handling

Our cloud offsite technology:

  • Analyses the backup files, dividing them into small chunks of data
  • Deduplicates chunks across all your files
  • Compresses and encrypts these chunks
  • Uploads them to your cloud destination

Version history

Version history is maintained according to your data retention scheme.

When data is no longer needed, the appropriate chunks are automatically deleted from your cloud destination.

This frees up space and reduces hosting costs

Cloud Seeding

Where there is too much data to send over the Internet in the first full backup, cloud seeding comes to the rescue.

Do your first backup to a removable hard drive using our Cloud Seeding Tool, and then send it to your cloud provider.

  • What you see:
Using the Cloud Offsite Add-on is a piece of cake.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes it is.

If you only want to run cloud offsite backups, then you can purchase our Cloud Offsite Backup Standalone edition. This is a lower-priced alternative to purchasing BackupAssist Classic + Cloud Offsite Add-on.

Running the standalone edition comes with the following pros and cons:

Pros
– Gives you all the functionality of the cloud offsite add-on, at a lower price point
– Comes included with 12 months of BackupCare, including CryptoSafeGuard protection against ransomware

Cons
– You don’t get full bare-metal recovery or the other cyber-resilience protections in BackupAssist Classic
– The standalone edition cannot run with other add-ons, such as Hyper-V Advanced Backup, Exchange Granular Restore, SQL Continuous Backup.

You can check out the pricing of the standalone and add-on editions of Cloud Offsite Backup on our pricing page.

Unfortunately we do not.

  • Our Windows Server cloud backup technology is a file-based backup, meaning it can back up files and VSS applications (Exchange, SQL, Hyper-V). It does not support full machine recovery.
  • Based on most company’s disaster recovery procedures and requirements, it would take too long to download a complete server image anyway.

Therefore we recommend performing drive imaging backups as the primary backup for BMDR, and using the Cloud Offsite Add-on as a secondary layer of protection.

We recommend using this add-on as a secondary backup. The strengths of this add-on are:

  1. It works silently in the background, delivering protection
  2. When combined with a private-cloud destination, it can be implemented with very little cost, as you are simply using existing infrastructure.
  3. The guaranteed historical restore points offered by the Grandfather-Father-Son scheme complement the “most-recent” restore points offered by drive imaging.

Therefore, you can get the best of both worlds, and enhanced cyber-resilience, with both a primary (drive imaging) and secondary (cloud offsite) backup.

The cloud offsite add-on supports the WebDAV protocol. This enables you to set up your own cloud end-point, which can be any of these options:

  • Public cloud – Amazon S3

  • Public cloud – Microsoft Azure Blob Storage

  • Public cloud – any provider that supports the WebDAV protocol

  • Private cloud – a Windows or Linux (Ubuntu & CentOS) machine, configured for WebDAV

  • Private cloud – any NAS that supports WebDAV, such as QNAP and Synology

Instructions on how to set up private cloud destinations are here: https://www.backupassist.com/support/en/references/cloud-resources/private-cloud.htm