Some small businesses don't like the idea of their data being stored overseas, and so choose not to use cloud backup services. But there is a way to get all the advantages of cloud backup, while keeping all your stuff within Australia's jurisdiction.
In fact there are a growing number of services that give the option of local storage. Last month, Acronis announced that its Acronis Backup-as-a-Service was available in Australia. The distinctive feature was that customers could choose between Acronis's offshore storage or onshore storage provided by one of the company's local partners.
Another useful feature was that it provides an on-premises backup as well as the one stored in the cloud.
Acronis has now added Acronis Backup Service, the difference being that the off-site backup is stored in Acronis's new Australian data centre.
Prices start at $339 a year for up to three computers and 250GB of cloud storage. Additional storage starts at $839 for 250GB, and a $199 agent pack allows up to five more computers to be backed up.
While it can be used by a small business with just a handful of PCs, it comes into its own as the IT environment becomes more complex as desktops, servers and virtual machines can all be backed up with the one system.
It's true that recovering data from the cloud can be time-consuming, but the dual local/cloud approach means that should only be necessary following a disaster - which is exactly when you need off-site backup. In addition, the local backup can be made quickly and kept up to date, even if limited bandwidth means the remote copy sometimes lags behind.