Kami Haynes
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Jun 20, 2017

Backup Solutions: Yesterday’s Options vs. Today’s Choices

Data continues to grow at an astronomical rate. Hardware and operating systems change. This is all part of the environment that makes data backup issues more complex than ever, and makes choosing between backup solutions more challenging.

Why focus on backup solutions?

  • The number one IT priority for mid-market organizations over the next 12 months is to improve data backup and recovery 1
  • 96% of all business workstations are not being backed up 2
  • 58% of downtime incidents are caused by human error alone. Natural disaster account for only 10% of downtime 3
  • 35% of servers have a downtime tolerance of 15 minutes or less 4
  • The leading cause of incidents and outages is hardware failure/server room failures. Next is environmental disasters, and last is miscellaneous outages 5
  • 93% of companies that lost their data center for 10 days or more during a disaster, filed for bankruptcy within one year of the outage 6

The Current Backup Landscape

Hybrid cloud backup is growing in popularity based on its smarter use of technology and cost efficiency, but there are also major challenges with traditional backup methods. Here’s an overview of the current backup solution landscape.

Tape Backup

The oldest form of backup, tape offers cost-effective scaling but can be difficult to manage, and compared to other methods, backup and recovery times are significantly slower. The biggest drawback is a high failure rate of recovery.

Disk-based backup

Popular forms of disk storage are hard drives or optical disks. Backup and recovery is quicker than tape, and more reliable. While disk is ideal for the most recent copies of backup, it can be difficult and expensive to scale for long-term retention of data. Many companies have duplicate systems for redundancy, but it can be expensive to purchase multiple backup solutions.

Cloud-based backup

Utilizing off-site cloud technology to host your backups makes managing a backup system easier. Cloud backup systems are affordable and don’t require local data systems and upkeep, and may be less labor intensive when managed by your IT partner. Backup and recovery can take longer, however. With an average internet connection (25 mbps), it would take a company four days to replicate five terabytes of data. This places a practical limit of cloud-based replication to about three terabytes per day, making it impractical for protecting larger datasets.

What is Hybrid Cloud Backup and How Does it Work?

A hybrid cloud backup solution leverages the benefits of an on-premise appliance and overcomes shortcomings and latency issues of cloud-based backup. Typically a hybrid cloud backup solution consists of an on-premise appliance that has enough capacity to hold several full backups, and the incremental backups that would be created between those full backups. The hybrid appliance becomes the point of first restore, since it is disk-based and on-site.

The key difference between disk backup and hybrid cloud backup is what happens after the backup is complete. The hybrid systems add an extra step and replicate backed up data directly to the provider’s cloud or to a public cloud provider like Amazon Web Service or Azure.

Is recovery a blind spot for hybrid cloud backup?

Often overlooked, recovery time objectives should be top-of-mind for IT decision makers. Just getting the data back isn’t enough – how long will it take? Most companies would be significantly impacted if recovery time took days instead of hours.

With hybrid cloud backup, the most critical data and applications are available locally on the appliance, allowing administrators to recover quickly over a LAN connection.

Codero is now offering backup solutions that can meet your data needs. Check out our white paper “Is It Time to Break Up With Your Back Up?” for more information, or click here for more.

  1. ESG Lab Review: Data Protection, Recovery and Business Continuity with SIRIS 2 from Datto
  2. Contingency Planning and Strategic Research Corporation
  3. Enterprise and the Cost of Downtime, Independent Oracle User Group, 2012
  4. ESG Research: BC/DR Survey Final Results, Enterprise Strategy Group, 2015
  5. The 2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey
  6. National Archives & Records Administration in Washington
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