Outsourced Backup and Recovery What does “Outsourced Backup and Recovery ” mean to me and my business and why would I want to use it? Here are some tips and pitfalls to watch out for when you try to outsource your recovery. Why would you think about outsourcing your recovery efforts? Here are a few reasons to outsource your recovery efforts. You already trust the planning, installation, configuration and support of your company’s servers, data and workstations to a trusted provider (hopefully us) and now you’re thinking about what to do with recovery. You probably have a pretty good handle on your tape system, have a tape rotation schedule, even use off-site tape storage. But you keep hearing about outsourcing and wonder what all the noise is about. Providers like us are pushing cloud based backup and recovery-some (like us) even use terms like “hybrid cloud” and this is all very new and uncertain. Let’s put some framework around the concept of hybrid cloud backup and recovery to clear things up. Using the cloud for recovery simply means backups are sent to the cloud using block-level changes and de-duplication technology to make sure the highest ability to recover with the smallest bandwidth used.
What does “Hybrid” mean?
The “hybrid” in hybrid cloud means maintaining local storage as a backup device to make sure the fastest recovery when the cloud isn’t available or isn’t the fastest option. So what you have in place is backups that are made to the cloud, synced with local storage and offer you a high available, redundant and fast recovery solution. Depending on where you sit on the org chart, you’re already jumping to either “this needs to make financial sense” or this needs to be a better recovery solution than what I have today”. Let’s address both (in no particular order of priority). Outsourcing: Financially Sensible
Financial Implications of Backup and Recovery
Today, your recovery solution is a number of capitol expenditures that needs to be amortized over years. There is a little in the way of redundancy (again, because of the cost). Financially, you’re spending a lot up front. You are putting the business at financial risk should a major problem arise that requires a serious recovery. ‘It’s the back up system for when the office intranet crashes!!’ Outsourcing to a hybrid cloud recovery service moves your spending to operating expenses that can be far more easily budgeted for as the company grows. This causes cash flow to evens out. A lower overall cost than what’s being spent today and the expense aligns with growth. Hybrid cloud solution also means having a far more redundant solution in place that can recover servers, data, and workstations to any place, anytime, anywhere. In the face of a disaster, the company can resume operations more easily and quickly. It can lowering the financial risk of a disaster. Outsourcing: Better Recovery Outsourcing recovery to a hybrid cloud recovery service gives you access to world-class highly available. Highly redundant data centers to securely store backups of your data and devices. Local backup storage (by means of an on-premise NAS device) ensures that you have recoverability 100% of the time. Backups are faster. Data is more durable. You can be more assured that you have a good recovery. You simply can’t lose. Definitely, the Best Move Outsourcing recovery to a provider that already has eyes watching the health of your IT operations just make sense. It allows those that have a vested interest in getting you running to keep you running. It also lowers the overall company cost of recovery while providing a better service with greater (and faster) ability to get back to business.