Many data backup strategies are employed without a clear knowledge of what the real costs are going to be. This is especially true of remote backup systems where service providers charge by the gigabyte stored, yet the amount of data can fluctuate greatly and is usually growing all the time. Earlier on, few remote data backup providers permitted using local storage as part of the overall backup strategy. Combine that with high prices for stored remote data and many were turned off from the early implementations of these services.
Data backup is a fundamental part of nearly every organization’s disaster recovery and business continuity plans. But long gone are the days when you had a simple tape backup drive connected to a computer with a single tape that would back up days and weeks worth of data to a single tape.
The volume of data organizations back up is enormous and growing larger all the time. Different strategies have been used by companies to back up their data. Larger, more sophisticated tape backup systems are often used. More progressive organizations have employed remote data backup services where data is backed up over the Internet to a secure facility. Regardless of which method companies use, Perimeter CTO Kevin Prince says there seem to be some common pitfalls that can severely affect a company’s processes and bottom line.
Using an up-to-date remote data backup solution with such features as file de-duplication, in-file de-duplication and compression will not only solve the problems of traditional tape backup and older remote data backup solutions, it will save you thousands of dollars in what is ultimately a far superior solution. If you got burnt when trying a previous iteration of remote data backup or still use a tape backup system, now is the time to evaluate a better solution in order to avoid these common pitfalls.
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