There has been an explosion in data. Each year, the rate of which data is created, consumed and stored surpasses the last. With this growth, organisations have placed more reliance on data for businesses critical operations. Unfortunately, by mischief, misfortune or mistake it is statistically likely you will lose data soon rather than later.
Many companies still use tape based backup solutions, treating backup like they would insurance by opting for the cheapest possible solution. However, businesses today are more complex and dynamic than ever before and cannot afford to think about backup and restoration last.
Critical data needs to be safe, secure, accessible and available. In addition, technology needs to be flexible and scalable. Therefore, the backup and restoration process must be an integral part of your overall business strategy. SICL believe cloud backup is the logical step forward.
Time Saving and Manageability
One of the biggest burdens of tape based solutions is the backup routine. The time spent changing tapes each day then transporting and storing them off-site quickly adds up. More effort is then needed to test backups or restore data. The truth is that the vast majority of restoration requests are for individual files yet they require administrators to sift through whole tapes.
Cloud backup solutions remove this hassle by automating most of the routine. Backup schedules can be set to automatically occur on whichever days and times required. IT Administrators are then free to focus their efforts on other business critical operations.
Security and Reliability
A significant issue with tape based backup solutions is their reliability. The nature of tape means it is prone to corruption through accidental damage or errors during the backup process. As mentioned in the section above, tape solutions require regular validation tests to ensure your data has actually been copied.
Unfortunately, testing is often skipped or forgotten about which further compromises reliability. If tape can only successfully restore your information nine times out of ten but you need your data on that tenth occasion, has tape been a worthwhile investment?
Consider security too. Moving physical tapes around increases the chance of theft, damage or loss. Cloud solutions put these worries to bed. The in-built features of cloud backup validate data as it is being taken. If there is a problem with the data the system automatically attempts to re-take it to prevent corrupt data from being stored.
Cloud backup also provides peace of mind with multiple security standards such as NIST FIPS 140-2 and adheres to the most stringent compliance requirements.
In the age of ‘big data’, tape is not fit for purpose. Companies now require more sophisticated strategies for backup in order to remain competitive. As discussed earlier, the cumbersome nature of tape consumes a lot of time, but this problem will grow with the business and its data.
An expanding tape environment also means an ever-increasing cap-ex sum required to replace legacy kit, which could cause cash-flow problems. When this occurs some companies postpone the purchase for a year or two, however this only exacerbates the problems caused by legacy kit. By opting for a cloud solution, replacement costs are no longer a concern as technology is maintained to the highest standards by the cloud provider.
Data grows, but so do companies. It is important to implement technology that can adapt and work with new requirements as your strategy evolves.