How solid is your data backup plan?
It’s no longer good enough for businesses to have a simplistic ‘set and forget’ view of an organisation’s data backup strategy.
As the lines continue to blur between our private and professional lives, we no longer need to be seated at our desks in order to access the company network or files stored on our office computers.
The evolution of the modern office continues to redefine the way we access and use our personal and business data, and a consequence of this seamless and almost instant access, there is increasing scrutiny from corporate and regulatory sectors.
From a business perspective, data is everything, and when not properly protected, the business is at risk of catastrophic failure in the event of data loss. Because downtime could mean both financial and reputational damage, it is no longer good enough for a business to have a simplistic ‘set and forget’ view of its data backup strategy.
How does a business mitigate risk of data loss?
The concept of value when discussing data, will always be subjective and will differ from one business to the next depending on operational requirements and disaster recovery strategies. Knowing what you need to back up and what your minimum operational requirements are, will certainly make the conversation about data security less complicated. By fully understanding how and where your data is stored, you will have the opportunity to explore options to improve efficiency, data access and importantly, data security.
Since launching our online backup offering in 2008, we have rapidly grown, becoming the largest ANZ based Veeam cloud service provider. TIMG has data centres in Australia, New Zealand and globally, to provide you with local and international data protection capabilities. With our industry-leading Service Level Agreements and Veeam-Powered technology, we tailor backup and disaster recovery solutions that align with business needs.
As a Veeam Cloud and Service Provider Platinum partner we offer onshore cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions. Our cloud storage solutions now include everything from simple file level backups to full virtual boot and failover disaster recovery solutions.
In answer to the question, “how does a business mitigate risk of data loss?’ there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer. We suggest you consult with a qualified and accredited industry partner. A business that offers real knowledge and industry experience. Our consultants have worked with many companies across a wide range of industries and our engineering team, work with clients to design data backups or Disaster Recovery solutions that fit organisational needs.
Here are some good points to consider when thinking about your data storage strategy.
“The 3-2-1 Rule”
Widely regarded by many in the industry as the standard for good data protection, the 3-2-1 rule ensures that in the event of data loss, be it through human error or ransomware attack, a business can expect to recover quickly.
The rule states –
- Have three copies of the data (Hard drive/Server + Cloud + Data tape)
- With two of the copies stored on different media types (Hard drive/Server + Cloud)
- And at least one copy of the data is stored offsite in a secure data vault (Backup tape)
| The 3-2-1 rule offers the best strategy for keeping data out of harm’s way and only works effectively when done in concert with a secure offsite tape storage offering.
Tape is not dead
While tape backups are no longer considered the core technology for backup solutions, the humble LTO tape still plays a real part in robust data protection and archive strategies. Below are some of the benefits of using data tapes in your backup strategy when combined with disk and cloud solutions:
- Air-gapped backups – no electronic attack can compromise offline media. When stored with a trusted third-party provider, offsite, offline media can even protect against insider threats.
- Archive Storage – many companies have requirements to store some or all backups for periods of up to seven years – or longer. Even the cheapest Cloud Archive Storage cannot compete with the per GB cost of tape.
- The durability of tape media is also second to none when stored in the correct controlled environments.
Consultancy with purpose
Establishing a solid and robust Cloud Backup strategy need not be a challenging process. Engaging an accredited advisor or consultant will give you have access to real industry knowledge and experience. At TIMG, our consultants have worked with many companies across a wide range of industries and will work with you to design and tailor a backup solution to fit the unique requirements of your business or organisation.
TIMG Cloud backup features
TIMG’s Cloud Backup service offers unlimited flexibility, allowing you to have complete control over your data. By isolating your information from your production environment, you can protect it from local device failures, malicious or accidental deletion, data corruption, and ransomware. Here are some of the features that come with TIMG cloud solutions:
- Complete Protection: Protect your data with an independent offline cloud-based backup.
- Ultimate Flexibility: Move data quickly back on-premise or to another cloud platform.
- Unlimited Scalability: Built-in scalability allows our platform to accommodate your data growth, so your information is always protected.
- Data Security: Privacy by design means that only you have access to your information.
- Cost Savings: Our offering means you do not need to invest in expensive hardware and software.
- Automatic Compliance: With cloud backups, your data is always offsite, ensuring you meet the requirements of your compliance obligations.