The field of backup and disaster recovery services is wide and far reaching, not to mention constantly evolving. When deciding on backup or DR fixes, IT pros often look for a service that will have little to no downtime for mission-critical data and that won't break the bank. But with a subject as broad as data backup, where do you begin?
The editors of SearchDataBackup have pulled together top advice from contributor and storage expert George Crump. Crump is the president of IT analyst firm Storage Switzerland and has 25 years of experience in the data storage field. In this selection of tips and features, he covers the backup and disaster recovery (DR) bases, including data protection, cloud options and backup software.
Although backup and data protection are often used interchangeably, the latter can include processes like business continuity and malware prevention. To combat evolving cyber threats, data protection has seen a number of advancements in recent years.
Following a failure, having a DR plan in place that addresses modern storage concerns is crucial. Instant recovery and DR as a service (DRaaS) are two methods that are growing in popularity, especially with the possibility of reducing costs by moving your DR efforts to a cloud service. With the option of paying just for those services used, the cloud is tempting to many organizations -- but traditional, in-house DR isn't going anywhere just yet.
Enterprise backup software is another high-growth area, progressing from simply making copies of data to a more sophisticated application in the data center. There are a number of options flooding the enterprise backup software market, so make sure to do your homework when deciding on a vendor and product.
All of these new concerns and storage methods may require users to brush up on the various aspects of backup and DR. Read what Crump has to say about backup and disaster recovery services and the multitude of approaches organizations can take to form a comprehensive backup plan.
1Protect your assets-
Data protection systems and strategies
Backup and disaster recovery services are crucial to any organization's data protection strategy. In this section, read about the available products and technologies that could attack your data, and which data protection systems could work best in your environment.
A new wave of hardware and software options can help IT professionals prepare to meet the challenges facing their data centers. Continue Reading
Ransomware is difficult to avoid and costly to recover from. However, there are some data protection strategies that are key to a successful recovery. Continue Reading
Disk backup targets have evolved to include new capabilities. Discover how to get the most out of them. Continue Reading
2In case of emergency-
Disaster recovery and backup
From cyber attacks to natural disasters, it's critical to have a disaster recovery plan. Review available backup and disaster recovery services, as well as cost-cutting strategies.
Recovery-in-place is changing the way businesses recover from system failures and saving time between failure and restoration. Continue Reading
Backup and DR services are beginning to converge, but that doesn't mean you should drop one data protection strategy for the other just yet. Continue Reading
When it comes to disaster recovery costs, is the cloud or an in-house approach best? Crump examines the cost factors associated with each strategy and areas where prices can add up. Continue Reading
3The software route-
Enterprise backup software
Enterprise data backup software can streamline backup processes as modern IT environments become more complex. In this section, Crump takes a deep dive into backup software and the challenges organizations might face using it.
Snapshot and deduplication capabilities have some hyper-converged storage vendors saying it could be time to ditch backup software. Continue Reading
4Head to the cloud-
Cloud backup and DRaaS
Data backup was one of the first major use cases for the cloud, and it has only become more prominent. With possible cost savings and a slew of options, a cloud backup plan could be the missing piece of your data protection plan.
Rising storage costs can make a free cloud backup service look tempting, but freemium services may come with some strings attached. Continue Reading
Cloud backup and disaster recovery services have burst onto the market in recent years, so evaluating every available option will take some research. Continue Reading