Has your backup and storage strategy caught up with your company’s use of IT? With the rise of business cloud backup solutions there are now more options available to us than ever before, but if all this leaves you a little confused, read on.
This post will help you understand what’s on offer, so that you can decide on an up-to-date solution that keeps your data protected and secure.
As our use of IT systems and technologies has grown, occasional scheduled or ad-hoc backups are no longer enough. Best practice is to store two full copies of your data on separate physical devices, which can be kept in sync by the cloud or using a sync application. This facilitates fast data recovery and business continuity even after the loss of one whole set of data.
A third copy should be stored offline at a separate location, preferably protected from natural or man-made disaster (such as fire and flood) and out of reach of other employees. Copy 3 serves as a safety net in the event of an emergency, or if you are targeted by hackers, malware or a disgruntled employee (important in a small business setting where team members have full access to IT systems).
Today’s commonly-used backup and storage technologies fall roughly into six categories:1. Direct Attached Storage (DAS) – this refers to devices that can be physically attached to a PC or server, for example via a USB port. They are usually cheap, easy to store safely and have plenty of capacity – however back-ups have to be performed on a periodic or ad hoc basis, meaning that if data recovery is required file versions could be out of date.
Backup and storage needs differ from business to business, so a ‘one size fits all’ approach is rarely appropriate. In most cases, a number of options can be combined to create the perfect fit for your business backup needs.
Things to consider when planning your backup strategy include the volume of data in question, the number of office and storage locations you have, and budget. If up-front capital expense is out of the question, a business cloud backup solution could be the best place to start; but for large volumes of data it may not be sufficient. A series of NAS devices in different locations, synced over the Internet or VPN, could prove more suitable; or you might even decide to invest in a tape drive so that you can regularly back up vital information on tape cartridges and store them safely off site.
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