data backup

Do you have a Backup Plan?

Your business continuously generates data. Being without your data for even an hour could be expensive and extremely detrimental. Do you have a plan?

Which technology is tight for your business - desk, tape or cloud?

Do you leave the office in the afternoon with constant flashes of what you will find when you return to work, now is a good time to make sure you have a back-up strategy that works!


Disk back-up

Disk media is the most popular back-up technology these days, particularly for small and medium sized businesses.

Pros

 

cons

1 Cheap - Disk is more cost effective than tape for relatively small & uncomplex set-ups.

2 Fast - Disk is much faster than tape for writing and reading data.

3 Searchable - Data can be indexed when stored which means it is so much easier to search for lost pieces of data on a disk compared with tape.

4 Features - Disk drives can easily accommodate technologies such as de-duplication which removes
all redundant pieces of data to save you space.
   1 Life od data - The data you store on disk won't last as long as tape.

2 Damage - If you are regularly transporting your
disk back-ups (eg. offsite locations) then you risk mechanical failures which make it difficult to recover
from a damaged disk.

3 More prone to human error - It's easier to delete
a back-up instance using disk compared with tape although these days these is software capable of undeleting the data depending on circumstances.

tape BACK-UP

Tape back-up is ideal for storing large volumes of data for year, even decades. Many consider tape a better tool for archiving but it still might have it's place as a back-up solution for your business.

Pros

 

cons

 

1 Low cost - Per gigabyte tape can be cheaper than disk and if your storage requirements are vast and your performance requirements are low then it can save you a lot of money.

2 Longevity - Tape media can last up to 30 years when kept in the right conditions - much longer than disk.

  

 1 Reduced performance - In particular reading data from tape takes longer than disk and is not ideal if you are under time pressures to recover a failed system.

2 Ageing technology - Tape has been around since the early days of IT ans some doubt it will be around for much longer.

 

cloud BACK-UP

Cloud is a popular way of stroing in a secure, offsite location and depending on your Cloud solution the back-up can occur on either disk, tape or other new technologies such as SSD.

PROS

 

CONS

 
1 Value for money - Cloud can be great value for money and it is common for small businesses to get access to gigabytes of cloud storage for free.

2 Offsite redundancy - By nature Cloud back-up is offsite and you can usually benefit from enterprise-grade security features and secure data-centres.

3 Elastic- You don't have to over invest early because you only pay for storage as your requirements grow.

4 No management - Disks are usually replaced as they wear or fail so your data must be copied reguarly onto new media. Cloud services handle this process as part of service delivery so you don't have to worry about it.
   1 Perceived concerns - Many wonder whether off-site data back-up will open their data streams to breaches from a third party or some unintended mingling of data with other customers. These concerns are unfounded if you use a reputable service.

2 Bandwidth costs - Your Telco bill can skyrocket if you are on the wrong plan because you will be pumping gigabytes or terabytes of data through you Internet connection. Full back-ups are expensive and many companies actually send their first batch of data to the data-centre on disk.

3 Time lag - Depending on the speed of your connection it can take a long time to perform your first back-up or recover your entire system data in the event of a data disaster.


so what's the right strategy for you?

Every back-up model will have it's benefits and drawbacks. As you make decisions regarding your company's back-up methods, take a close look at;

  • The amount of data that is regularly stored and accessed across in your business.
  • Your current bandwidth capabilities
  • The number of locations from which you'll need to back-up and transport any back-up tools
  • Your current back-up related costs and overall IT budget
  • Your current hardware set-up and any necessary upgrades
  • Your long-term IT strategy and the potential longevity of various back-up methods.

 

If you need any help with your back-up strategy them please get in touch (02) 6009 5112