Remember the days when we backed up our data on magnetic tapes, floppy disks, and other media that weren’t necessarily user-friendly or reliable in a disaster recovery situation?
Flash forward to today’s challenges of system failures, viruses, and data corruption. To meet this demand, technology providers now offer powerful, cost-effective solutions for securing business continuity.
What are these choices? Symantec suggests three compelling options in its white paper
Cloud, Appliance, or Software? How to Decide Which Backup Solution Is Best for Your Small or Midsize Organization. Enabling your business to recover from system loss or disaster in minutes, these approaches simplify and automate your backup processes, preventing lost revenue and productivity.
How do you determine which backup strategy is right for your business? Let’s take a closer look at each.
Backup Solutions to the Cloud
Using an online, Software as a Service (SaaS) backup and recovery solution, both your backup application and information storage reside off-site. This affordable subscription-based approach allows you to forgo the upfront investment of backup hardware, software, and personnel.
Ideal for businesses with one or two servers per site and roaming users, online backup is optimized to work over very limited bandwidth connections between corporate locations and the vendor’s secure enterprise-class data center. Other benefits include:
Regular and consistent backup that is automated and managed by your vendor, with 24/7 support
Manageable costs with a subscription-based model
Affordable, reliable off-site protection with the backup data encrypted for security
Equal backup and recovery protection at headquarters, branch offices, and remote sites
Online backup works great for companies with:
No on-site IT staff
Smaller data sets
Limited databases and applications on local servers
No hardware for backup
Preference for SaaS
Combining backup hardware and software in an integrated appliance provides a standardized backup infrastructure for one or more offices. The appliance is easy to install and eliminates traditional server and software maintenance tasks. Other benefits include:
Reduction in operational complexity and risk by implementing the appliance quickly to decrease the impact of data growth
Lower total cost of ownership with preconfigured software on the appliance, a simple licensing model, and one point of contact for both software and hardware technical support
Peace of mind from a backup solution in a turnkey format complete with hardware, software, and support integrated on a single appliance
This is an ideal solution for companies with the following:
Planning to buy new storage hardware
Need quick recovery of files and applications
Not wedded to a specific hardware
Limited IT staff of one to two people
Need instant backup for remote offices
Have a preference for integrated appliances and on-site backup
Depending on your current infrastructure, data protection software may be all you need, especially if you have server management skills and prefer to customize and build your own backup system. Sophisticated backup and recovery software is loaded and runs on a designated server to perform backup operations. Benefits include:
Reduction of storage and management costs through sophisticated deduplication and archiving technology
Improved visibility in virtualized environments allows you to see, protect, and recover virtual and physical machines
Ability to manage data growth with intelligent archiving
Backup software is a great option for companies that:
Have a dedicated IT staff
Do not plan to upgrade or buy new storage hardware
Already use backup software and are happy with it
Have a preference for software and on-premise backup
Hybrid Backup Solutions
A hybrid approach of deploying a combination of cloud, appliance, or software backup solutions might be the best solution for your business. Hybrid solutions complement businesses that:
Require quick on-premise recoveries
Have smaller remote offices with little or no IT staff
Want to first back up data to an on-site appliance
Protecting and recovering data quickly and cost-effectively is within reach. Download
Cloud, Appliance, or Software? How to Decide Which Backup Solution Is Best for Your Small or Midsize Organization (no registration required) to see what backup strategy is right for your business. Let me know what you think in the comments below and follow the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook or Google+.