Options for Data Backup and Recovery

When you want to check out backup and recovery services, you have a tremendous number of options available to you. With so many choices to pick between with regard to backup and disaster recovery services, it is extremely easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of it all. The unfortunate fact of the matter is, human nature tends to compel a person who is overwhelmed to take the easiest option of doing nothing. While doing nothing in regard to data backup and recovery is certainly the easiest and the most convenient option that is available to you, it is nowhere near the most effective option you can take. Most of the time, you would actually be far better served by engaging in almost any kind of backup strategy with regard to your disaster recovery services.

*Be certain you run the numbers before making an outsourcing decision

*Backing up your data is not optional, and not doing so will hurt your company sooner or later

One option you can use is to purchase a simple backup hard drive. This can be done online at almost any retailer, generally for under $100 and generally with no fees whatsoever. This has the advantage of being the second simplest option available to you, with the easiest still being to do nothing. The disadvantage to this is that you will have no additional recourse if this backup hard drive is stolen, damaged or in any other way corrupted. Thus this solution is not recommended in most cases.

Another way you can cut costs and backup your data is to have a backup server that is not a part of your regular network. Keeping it in house and owning the equipment helps you keep your costs in check, and your existing physical security solutions will apply to it. However, it also suffers from the disadvantage that unless you automate the process, your data will most likely not be updated as frequently or as completely as you might want or even need. As well, this additional server may be vulnerable, and as such may present an additional challenge to your existing IT staff.

Another vulnerability you will face with your own additional server, as you would with any other kind of onsite backup solution, is that it is just as vulnerable to anything which might happen to your office as your own desktop computer is. If your office is ever burglarized, if there is a fire or any kind of local natural disaster occurs, your information would not be protected by having an additional server of this nature. Since such devices are very rarely portable, it is also not practical to take such a device with you when you leave the office. Thus, there are some onsite limitations you need to consider.

Because your IT staff’s time is limited, having an additional server for them to take care of may or may not be the best bet for keeping your information properly backed up. Because of an onsite backup solution’s limitations, there are also offsite backup solutions available to you. In a bad situation, having an offsite backup enlisted is a positive because it will not suffer the physical consequences the way a device in your office would. Being somewhere apart from your office, this can be beneficial if your office is located in an area where power failures are frequent or there is a substantial risk of natural disasters occurring, such as the presence of a flood plain or a nearby hurricane area.

Another advantage to an offsite recovery method is that your data is typically watched over by dedicated IT professionals. While this does incur an additional cost for the services rendered, often this is compensated for by the fact that these technicians are not constantly involved in connectivity issues the way in house administrators tend to be.