Developing an effective backup strategy is relatively easy if you are a consumer or small office/home office worker. Basically, you just buy a wired or wireless disk-based storage device, connect it to a host system, and schedule the times when you want to backup your PC. The first backup will take some time, as all of your files are copied over. Subsequent backups will take less time, as only new or newly-modified files will be copied.
Data storage and backup gets a lot more complicated for small-to-medium business owners, however, since the data requirements are usually a lot larger and you dealing with multiple computers and operating system environments. Security is very important, and compliance issues may also come into play for financial companies, law firms, healthcare groups and other organizations dealing with sensitive client data.
Choosing the best data backup system: an SMB backup tutorial
One of the first steps in choosing the right data and applications backup system for your business is to take a good, hard look at your storage requirements. Questions you should ask include: l How much data are you backing up? What operating systems are involved and which applications will be backed up? What are your data recovery requirements and objectives? This tutorial outlines the steps to take in selecting a backup solution, from tape to disk to the cloud.
Mid-range storage buyer’s guide: knowing the basics is a key to success
The storage and backup needs of small businesses and even small enterprises and divisions are vastly different than those of individual users and small office/home office users. For these companies, mid-range storage solutions are the best bet since they offer such features as de-duplication and replication, as well as multiple connection options. There are some performance tradeoffs, however, so it is critical to be aware of your storage requirements, as well as all the key feature buzzwords that surround mid-range storage systems.
This buyer’s guide provides an overview of IT operational and financial midrange storage requirements, and also examines the differences between the different types of current and emerging midrange storage technologies.
Hybrid cloud backup: disk-to-disk-to-cloud backup explained
Most everyone is familiar with cloud-based computing and cloud backups, whereby your data and applications are backed up to online storage services like Carbonite, Mozy, iDrive and others. The concept is a lot more complicated and detailed when it comes to enterprise applications, however, because of the types of applications and data as well as management and security issues. Solutions like disk-to-disk-to-cloud backup are foreign to most non-business users, but are gaining popularity in both large enterprises and small businesses. This article examines the hybrid cloud approach and tells you why it may or may not be the right choice for your business.
Time to switch from direct to networked storage? five signs that say YES
If you are spending way too much time on managing, protecting and troubleshooting your storage assets, or you are a company that must comply with Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), and other government privacy and security mandates then it may be time to move from direct attached storage (DAS) solutions to network attached storage (NAS) alternatives. NAS options can be shared throughout an organization with more flexibility and security, and networked storage typically has better replication and data retention tools. This article outlines the reasons for making the switch, as well as the benefits of moving from DAS to NAS.
Cloud gateway appliances ease SMBs into cloud storage systems
An increasing number of small- to medium-sized businesses and larger organizations are turning to the cloud for data and applications storage solutions. But giving wings to your storage and backup needs is not as simple as flipping a virtual switch when it comes to business applications. To help with the transition, there are a number of cloud storage gateways available that not only automate the process, but provide a necessary layer of management and control. This article looks at the complexities facing SMBs, as well as the transitional challenges of moving to a cloud storage system.
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