System outages and device failures can disrupt businesses of every size, from the smallest to the largest, and every one of your customers could benefit from an updated backup and recovery strategy. Many are turning to the cloud, only to learn that cloud backup and recovery can be a bandwidth hog and a painfully slow process. There's a place for physical backup storage devices in every organization. Here are three types of physical backup to protect data and make recovery fast and efficient, turning data loss events into mere blips in a business's overall operation.
Supercharge backup and recovery with SSDs and more
When it comes to backup storage and recovery, speed is key. For smaller businesses and those with only a few machines to back up, the optimal solution may be just one or a few desktop backup drives or solid state drives (SSDs). There are a number of desktop backup drives that offer very large capacities—think terabytes—at reasonable prices. Backup drives that support RAID 1, which duplicates backups across multiple drives to prevent data loss in the event of a drive failure, allow for easy offsite storage of backup drives so that businesses can recover quickly from theft, fires, and natural disasters. And for businesses with a need for speed, SSD drives offer blazing-fast backup and restoration of data to target machines.
Centralize backup and recovery with NAS devices
Bigger businesses need streamlined solutions. Ideally, single solutions for complex environments. Organizations that make use of numerous computers connected to a central corporate network should consider network attached storage (NAS) in order to efficiently backup and restore multiple machines. NAS devices offer much more capacity than desktop backup drives and often come with RAID support for fault tolerance. In addition, many NAS devices are modular, enabling organizations to add more capacity as needed without struggling to integrate new devices or slot them into existing backup and recovery processes. NAS devices are typically centrally administered through an online, browser-based interface, abstracting and simplifying management for IT administrators.
Simplify backup and recovery with single-interface VMs
Finally, businesses that must back up large amounts of data should look into bare metal servers partitioned into multiple virtual machines (VMs) through the use of a virtualization hypervisor. VMs can be a dream come true for large business data environments. Provisioning several virtual machines on a single physical server can drastically cut hardware costs, and spinning up new VMs for storage is typically a near-instantaneous process. VMs can also play a significant role in a private cloud initiative to enable the backup and restoration of data on remote machines without incurring the typical security challenges of third-party cloud storage.
The final piece of the backup storage device puzzle is the backup and recovery software that businesses use to manage their backup operations. Organizations should choose flexible, scalable backup and recovery software solutions that save time and cut costs while making sure that data is protected and available whenever--and wherever--it’s needed.
Backup and recovery doesn't have to be complicated. Work with your customers to choose the right backup storage devices and software for their needs, streamlining their data protection and making sure they can access their backups right when they need them.