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Traditional Backup vs. Intelligent Business Continuity

Thursday, March 27, 2014

It wasn’t too long ago the safe and traditional backup strategy was to save all your information on a tape backup. At the end of the day, someone would have to remember to pop the tape out of the drive, label it, place it in a secure carrying case and remember to take it home or to another offsite location. In the unfortunate instance that something happens during the night, all your data is safe and sound on the back up tape. Or is it? If you're still operating this way it is time to look at moving to a more cost effective and efficient solution. 

Traditional backup methods such as tape, disk, and strict Network Attached Storage (NAS) devices are no longer sufficient. In fact, more business owners are finding them unacceptable to meet their business continuity requirements. Technological innovations have set a new solution standard: Intelligent Business Continuity, going beyond data protection; delivering automated assurance, continuous protection, secured storage, and instant recovery.

The differences between traditional backup and intelligent business continuity are many, and it's worth looking into if you're still using traditional backup methods.

Can take weeks to recover data after a disaster Downtime after a disaster is reduced to hours, minutes, or seconds
Risk for human error: 60% of on-site disasters are due to human error Full automation backup —very little manual management required
Difficult to test if a backup is working properly Automated screenshots are taken and reported to ensure each backup was successful and can be booted anytime
Time consuming and expensive to make copies of backups or to store backups in multiple locations Each backup is saved in multiple locations: local appliance and bi-coastal data centers
Backup speeds are slower Quick and efficient transferring of files to off-site data centers
Physical to virtual conversions can be time consuming and have a high failure rate Incremental backups can be instantly virtualized, rather than the entire backup chain
No redundant backups in multiple locations, leaving high risk for original backup systems to be destroyed Eliminates downtime in the event of a disaster by allowing your business to run off the secure cloud
Limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e., HIPAA, SOX) AES 256 and SSL key-based encryption ensures data is safe and meets industry regulations (ie. HIPAA, SOX)
 When recovering data, tape failure rates exceed 50% Minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss
 Potential for theft of loss of media Off-site backups stored in SSAE 16 data centers

IT Resource partners with Datto, an industry leader in backup, recovery, and business continuity. The facts are startling when it comes to data recovery. In fact, 70% of businesses that suffer a serious data loss are out of business in two years. Odds like that are not in your favor. Don't let another day go by with an inferior data backup and business continuity plan. We can assess your current situation to make sure all your bases are covered. Contact us at 616.837.6930 or via email.
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