You’ve taken an important step to protecting your data by having a robust data backup and security system in place. However, it is too early to pat yourself on your back. Embarrassing tales of data loss due to system failure are all too common. Here are a few scenarios you, and your business, need to avoid:
Backup is not just about copying your important files to another location. Unless the file is labeled properly, archived systematically and stored somewhere accessible, retrieving the required backup files may be more of a hassle than recreating the files from scratch. Something as simple as not renewing the cloud subscription can render the backup inaccessible or even irrevocably lost. The best backup in the world is useless unless you have a logical and workable plan in place to restore that data when the need arises.
Most people feel secure as long as their data is available in a second place. But, what would happen if that backup fails? In many instances, backups are damaged faster than the original. Nothing exemplifies this more than the common instance of versions that remain in the main hard drive longer than the versions stored in public cloud locations. The safety of physical infrastructure is just as important as the backup software and systems. If backing up to the cloud, how can you be sure that the cloud provider has redundant servers and near 100% uptime, among other considerations?
Backup is not just copying your data. An appliance implementation helps to reduce extensive management time required with home grown data protection. In fact, all that time spent time understanding the backup procedures, urging folks to update passwords, etc. will probably never be fruitful. Backup managers end up capturing more data than necessary because filtering email, identifying the 10% of financial records you actually need to save, and separating out junk data from sensitive information is too much work. Lengthy instructions in hard to understand “help” files won’t solve the problem.
Automation with policy-based backup and archive procedures takes the drudgery and confusion out of implementing backup strategies. An appliance implementation gives you the time to set up procedures and policies because you know they will be set in motion. An appliance from STORServer will be installed and running in just a few days. That part has already been done for you.
Installing recovery software is one of the most basic backup measures you need to have in place, but without a pre-packaged enterprise backup appliance you may never get that software fully operational.
A proper and integrated system in place assures that you will be prepared deal with a data loss disaster. A box of software on the shelf only assures that you made the software purchase. An integrated system has already covered the installation bases, reducing the reliance on building your data protection solution as you find the time.
Gartner estimates that 28% of corporate data resides exclusively in laptops, smartphones, and tablets. In other words, a fourth of corporate data is stored outside the company servers. This is even more unsettling when an average of only 35% of enterprise laptops are even setup to backup. Most companies never address the user data because they haven’t yet fully worked out the deployment of their system that simply backs up the datacenter.
STORServer offers fully integrated scalable backup solutions encompassing intuitive backup software, industry-leading hardware and robust data protection technology. We are built to meet all your data protection and recovery requirements. Contact us or use our Appliance Wizard to determine which of our backup appliances is right for your organization.