Backup and Restore Services for Businesses
For many businesses; the result of data loss can have a lasting impact. However by utilising backup and restore services which are provided by IT firms; this can minimise the overall impact that potential data loss may cause.
However there are different types of backup and restore services available to businesses. We’ll go through some below.
Backup and restore services (also known as Managed Backup) are a fairly common offering for Outsource IT companies. Although it’s usually part of an overall IT services package which could include some or all of the following:
- Network administration
- Cloud data hosting
- IT Consultation
- E-mail services
A Managed Backup Service usually includes the IT service provider managing and monitoring all data backup and restore processes (along with other services included in the package). This will include:
- Procurement of a backup solution
- Design and implementation of a backup strategy
- Monitoring and Management of backups
- Restore testing of the backups
A real buzz term (and growth area) in the IT world is ‘The Cloud’. Being able to access data anywhere; it’s really made businesses more flexible as far as being restricted to only the office space.
Backup and restore services are also able to benefit from the cloud; by allowing backups to be sent straight offsite without any manual handling by employees or someone else authorised with the responsibility to make sure a backup is always offsite.
The backups can be automatically sent offsite via an Internet connection to either a data center owned by the company itself (referred to a Private Cloud) or to a third party online storage provider (public cloud).
This makes it easier for businesses to achieve the recommended practice of the 3-2-1 backup strategy. Although the only downside is if a cloud backup is relied upon to restore data; it could take some time as it will need to be transferred back from the cloud to the local network which could take some time.
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Moving along from the cloud storing just backups; it also has the capability of hosting live data in the form of a secondary ‘fail over’ site. Essentially; DRaaS allows for replication or backup of entire systems in a format where the entire system is bootable in a virtual machine that’s hosted in the cloud. This is also the case even if the system is physical in the local environment.
The use case that this is most beneficial for is when an entire site is made unavailable. The reasons for this occurring could be one of many (such as natural disasters, corporate espionage or a rather drastic user error). Hence the name Disaster Recovery as a Service. When the site becomes unavailable; the virtual machines in the cloud can boot up and take over responsibility of hosting mission critical services. This allows for business to continue operation while the IT department or IT provider work at restoring the local site.
Businesses such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and Rackspace have made DRaaS a realistic option for businesses of all sizes. The reason for this is the simplicity of configuration; along with affordable pricing.
Choose Test My Backups for your Backup and Restore Services
When looking for backup and restore services; Test My Backups are able to cover all bases. Whether you’re looking to backup on premises; to the cloud or a fully implemented fail over DRaaS solution – we’re able to make this happen.