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How to Choose the Best Data Protection Solutions

Every company is aware that the proper data protection measures are of utmost importance. Yet many businesses still utilize older methods of data backup such as tape systems, costly onsite backup methods, and offsite systems that may mean several days until recovery takes place.  These methods consume resources and pose more risks of failure in addition to being complex, costly, and labor intensive.

New data backup and recovery technologies eliminate failure risks while increasing efficiency and promoting faster recovery time.  Additionally the newer technologies and services reduce network risks that often go undetected and provide solutions that reduce storage management and maintenance costs.

Every company has different data storage requirements that depend upon the type of industry.  In order to choose the best data protection solution it is important to know what your options are and why these options are the better choice for information security management.

Hosted Cloud Services

 Cloud-based data protection is an option that many companies are using due to its accessibility, reliability, and security.  Data storage in the cloud represents an affordable solution for many businesses because it has the capability to provide the best of both worlds which is immediate access to data while enjoying the reliability and security of offsite storage. Also, most cloud service providers offer different levels of vaulting solutions to meet industry compliance and regulatory standards.

In terms of protecting your servers and workstations, a quality cloud hosting provider is capable of backing up your servers in the cloud and data which is relevant to your workstations.  If your company experiences a hardware failure or natural disaster you can quickly recover by tapping into your resources with the cloud hosting service.

Onsite Data Storage and Backup

 Some companies deploy onsite data storage  to provide easy access to data.  By storing and backing up data onsite recovery time is faster than offsite storage and you can add storage as needed.

A few of the drawbacks of onsite data storage  is your company can suffer a complete loss in the event of a fire or flood if you are not using multiple backup methods.  Also, it is necessary for someone to monitor the system and perform backups on a routine basis.  Depending upon the data workload, onsite storage can also be costly in terms of hardware and maintenance.

 Offsite Storage and Backup

 Offsite storage is offered in a variety of different methods which include tape storage, data warehousing, or data storage strategies which are configured by the company.   Offsite data storage utilizes redundant data storage which provides multiple backup copies and can be designed for storage in multiple locations.

 Although offsite data storage eliminates the possibility of human error it can be costly and bandwidth intensive when it comes to ongoing backup.  The recovery process is significantly slower than onsite storage depending upon the methods that are used for recovery.

What we have described here are the primary options that companies consider for data protection and storage.  It is important to mention that multiple backup and storage methods are commonly deployed for added reassurance in the event of a disaster.

Data protection and backup  does not have to be complex.  To discover cost effective options for data protection, contact Thrive Networks for assistance with setting up a data protection and backup strategy.