Disaster Recovery Toolkit: Knock, Knock. Who’s There? Your Data

Without access to your business’s mission critical data, productivity as a whole could come to a screeching halt.

For years, businesses have relied on tape backups to secure their primary data repository. While the technology associated with these types of solutions continues to become more refined, one aspect of this process still leaves a business vulnerable – human error.

We can invest tons of money to secure the latest and greatest hardware and software to protect our data. However, without the commitment of one or more key employees to mange the process of changing tapes, reviewing logs and initiating support as needed, one mistake will render this effort useless.knock-knock-whos-there-mat

To counter these measures, IT solution providers have introduced advancements in how data is encrypted, compressed and secured. With the presence of cost-effective and increased bandwidth capabilities, the industry has evolved and offsite backup solutions are now more viable then ever.

Offsite backup technology has made great strides to effectively secure your data online (offsite) at a price that is easy to justify.

If you haven’t considered an offsite backup solution within the last 12 months, it is probably time to revisit the subject. At 3coast, we bundle disaster recovery (including offsite backup) into our managed IT support service. However, there are backup solution providers worth checking out.

Here are some key factors to consider when looking at what an offsite backup can bring to the table:

• Government-sanctioned AES encryption
• Automated, unattended backups with status updates via email notification
• Real-time file restoration capabilities
• Remote restoration capabilities for both single file and “bare bones” restores
• Back up multiple platforms on one network, i.e. Windows, Linux,

When you add up the value associated with these key features and combine it with the fact that this type of solution costs pennies per gigabyte, it truly builds the case for incorporating some form of an offsite backup solution in to your disaster recovery planning. The cost is negligible, and the reward far outweighs the risk. It’s a no-brainer.

I would love to hear your story about how offsite backup saved your business.

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