Types of Backup

When it comes to backup, there is no debate that it’s a necessary practice in a business world. There are many backup solutions to choose from, but the right solution for your business will depend on the sensitivity of data and compliance regimes based on the industry. We will go over different backup solutions here and let you decide which works best for your business.

Internal Hard Drives
There are two options to this route. Add an additional hard drive to your computer and use it as a backup/recovery drive. Partition and existing drive to function as a backup solution. Be aware, if the hard drive(s) crashes or your computer fails, all data will be lost. Not to mention the possibility of infection and transmission between drives and partitions. We personally do not recommend this method.
External Hard Drive
This is a common practice among personal users. We have seen small, two and three employee operations use this practice. Connect an external hard drive to your computer and create scheduled backups. Although this method is a much better practice than internal hard drive, the same failure and security issues apply.
DVD or Flash Drives
DVD’s are definitely the old school way of backing up your data. Although a great practice for solo projects and small amounts of data, not a very good method of backing up a computer requiring multiple DVD’s to get the job done due to size limitation. USB flash drives have come a long way in the past few years, offering as high as 250GB, 500GB and 1TB if you have the coin. This option is great, but costly for higher GB sizes, as high as $1,300 for a single TB. External hard drives are a much cheaper option.
Cloud Backup
Mozy, DropBox, and other similar providers seem to be a common practice in a business environment. This method is cost effective and convenient, using a third party provider that performs scheduled backups to an offsite location via an internet connection. The downside here, this type of solution requires a large bandwidth connection and could slow down connection speeds when backup begins. Not to mention recent security accusation that 6.9 million DropBox accounts have been compromised.
NAS Device
Also stands for Network Attached Storage, is a great backup solution, but it comes with a price. Think of it as an external hard drive, connected to a network, w/ 2 redundant hard drives storing the same information on both. If one fails the other is still accessible with identical info. The downside to this alternative is that it does run on a power supply and network connection. If the power supply fails or power is out, the NAS device is not accessible until the power supply is replaced or power is restored. If the network connection is down, the NAS device is down. Also, if one of the hard drives fails, the device is no longer redundant until the failed drive is replaced.

Second option is to set up 2 NAS devices with double the redundancy. First device in the office, second in s preferred location. This option has the same downsides, excluding hard drive/power supply failure and theft, because there will be a backed up device that is still accessible offsite.

The last alternative for the NAS device(s) is collocation. Set up the device in a Tier 3 Data Center, creating a VPN tunnel through a router. This option eliminates some of the issues listed above, power failure, theft, and network failure due to the Data Centers 99% up time. Power supply and hard drive failure concerns remain. We suggest having 2 NAS devices collocated.

Virtualization
When it comes to backup, security, reliability, redundancy, compliance, etc. we can go on for hours, virtualizing your desktop/server is our favorite and most recommended backup option.

Virtualization allows data and applications to be implemented in a Tier 3 facility (Data Center), providing remote access from any device with an internet connection. Scheduled backups are performed regularly with security, encryption and redundancy regimes for each user. Shadow copies are also created, providing distinct backup and restore points of choosing. Backup is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to virtualization. Also known as Hosted Desktop, Virtual Private Server, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) among others, virtualization creates a secure and reliable network for business networks of all sizes and industry types. Compliance protocols such as: HIPPA, PCI DSS, and GLBA, ensure that these hi-tech facilities are fully secure and reliable, housing patient information, credit card and financial records.

The business world is moving into a new and exciting age of technology. Virtualization and collocation is becoming a common practice for many industries. Both options are great! Data centers are setting a certain standard when it comes to security, reliability and remote access. These remote locations will eventually become the standard for housing sensitive data, and we are excited to be involved in this great industry.

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