When backing up your organization's laptops and other mobile devices, the last thing you want to rely on is a bunch of USB drives, said Howard Marks, chief scientist at Networks Are Our Lives Inc. That's because thumb drives can be lost with the computers they're meant to back up.
Instead, Marks said organizations can consider cloud backups or build their own storage solution for mobile devices. In this Storage Decisions presentation, he outlines the pros and cons for each.
Marks notes there are a number of cloud providers out there -- but you need to be sure that a provider is capable of meeting your needs for protecting data. Consumer brands may offer protection, but they frequently lack the central management features needed by organizations with hundreds of devices, he said.
"If you move to a more centrally managed approach or corporately oriented service like any of the MSPs that resell Asigra software or EVault, then you're going to have one account for all of your laptops, and the deduplication realm will be all the data across all of your laptops. Since it is highly likely that you have similar data across your 500 sales guys, deduplicating all of them instead of individually is going to reduce the amount of storage you use, reduce your costs, reduce the amount of bandwidth you use, [and] it's going to make the user experience better."
Alternatively, you can build your own infrastructure -- and take advantage of lower-cost SATA drives and "dumb" storage to protect your mobile devices' data, he said.
Marks said you can also build your own "because you don't trust cloud providers or you don't want to take the risk of paying out huge amounts monthly because you don't know how much storage is going to [cost]. And, frankly, you can get a better solution rolling your own if you choose the right software. You're going to have software that works very similarly to the way something like Asigra's does ... but instead of storing data with some cloud provider, you're going to store your data in your data center."