You could move them to a network location, or if you want to be a bit more automatic, mount a network location at <JIRA home>/exports. Be aware that if there are network issues, the backup could fail, and you must not put some of the other directories under JIRA-home on a share.
I tend to use logrotate on the directory if we know we are only ever going to want "the last x backups", and then a simple cron that copies (say) every Sunday's backup to a mounted network drive.
For larger systems, I wander off to use the database tools to do backups - the xml isn't really that "enterprise"
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