OmniDrive Cloud Backup South Africa

Why Backup?


After the loss of a computer most people associate that loss with a monetary value. An average desktop computer with the relevant software equates to about R15 000. Only sometime after do people realise that the cost of the computer is merely a drop in the ocean compared to the loss of the data which in most cases is priceless. The loss could be family photos and emails to accounting databases and business documentation.


Why OmniDrive?


OmniDrive is a South African professional cloud backup service aimed at anyone who has data that they can’t afford to lose like, a home user, small businesses, professional individuals from accountants and doctors to lawyers and law firms. We also cater for medium to larger businesses and corporate clients by appointment only. We are based in Johannesburg and are able to remotely assist customers’ country wide using cutting edge technologies. From Pastel Accounting, Pastel Payroll, Quickbooks, HealthBridge to Caseware to your cell phone or iPad if it can reside on your computer OmniDrive can back it up. Once setup, it takes two mouse clicks for you to backup or it automatically backups to a schedule that you choose. You can be notified every time the backup completes via email. Your backup is safe by using 256bit Military Grade Encryption during transit and when it is stored. We have no access to your files.


We recommend a 3-2-1 Backup Approach Strategy


A 3-2-1 strategy means having at least 3 total copies of your data, 2 of which are local but on different mediums (read: devices), and at least 1 copy offsite. We’ll use “kitten.jpg” as an example for this scenario. Kitten.jpg lives on your computer at home, it was a picture that you took of your cat in 2012. That’s one copy of the data. You also have an external hard drive that you use for backing up your computer. As part of its backup process, that external hard drive will back up kitten.jpg. That’s a second copy, on a different device or medium. In addition that external hard drive, you also have an OmniDrive Cloud Account. The software continuously scans your computer and uploads your data offsite to a datacentre. Kitten.jpg is included in this upload, and that becomes the third copy of your data.


Why 2 onsite and 1 offsite?


Whether you are interested in backing up a PC or Server, an onsite backup is a simple way of having quick access to your data should anything happen to your computer. If your laptop or desktop’s hard drive crashes, and you have an up to date external hard drive available, you can quickly get the majority of your data back, or use the external on another computer while yours gets fixed or replaced. If you remember to keep that external hard drive fairly up to date, the exposure for data loss is fairly minimal, as you might only be exposed to losing the files that were on your laptop that had not yet been copied to the external hard drive. Most external hard drives even come with their own software to make sure that they are kept readily updated.

Having an onsite backup is a great start, but having an offsite backup is a key component in having a complete backup strategy. Onsite backups are great if you need to get to them quickly, but unfortunately, having a backup near the device that it’s backing up (for example, having a desktop PC and an external hard drive on the same desk), means that both of those copies are susceptible to data loss. Floods, fires, and theft can and do occur. Most often, if the two devices you have as your local copies are close together, they’ll both be affected if the unfortunate should happen. A continuously updated copy of your data that’s not in the same physical location as the other two is paramount in protecting your files.


Is 3-2-1 Perfect?


There is no such thing as a perfect backup system, but the 3-2-1 approach is a great start for the majority of people and businesses.


Backing Up Is Like Investing!


The 3-2-1 plan is a great start in getting your files backed up. If you view your files as your investment capital, you want to diversify them as much as possible to limit your exposure should the unthinkable happen. Liquidity also matters, having a local backup and an offsite backup gives you more options for backup recovery. That’s why OmniDrive recommends starting with a 3-2-1 approach.


Getting Started


OmniDrive consists of 2 subscriptions namely a yearly subscription to use our software (which is updated continuously to ensure compatibility) which is priced per computer or server you wish to backup and a monthly subscription to use the space allocated by you for your data to reside in the cloud. Only one cloud subscription is required per customer irrelevant on how many computers or servers you may have. Unfortunately a person can’t have one without the other.

At this time due to restrictions by PayFast, our payment gateway provider, which will be resolved soon, one cannot purchase multiple subscriptions in the same transaction.

Instead of purchasing your cloud account and software subscriptions at the same time one would have to purchase them individually or separately from one another.

A step by step guide for purchasing has been setup for you should you need it and can be viewed here

Should you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us on or use the support popup on the website.