Editor's note

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.

1Disaster 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.

2Enterprise 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.

3Cloud 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.