Why Offsite Backups Are Critical
As enterprise data collection continues to grow at an exponential rate, so does the associated risk for potential data loss. Your data is one of the most valuable assets of your business. You already know that backups are vital for its protection and retention, but don’t be fooled -- not all backup methods provide equal protection. If you are keeping all of your data in one location, you’re putting it at unnecessary risk. We’ll discuss the risks associated with onsite backups and why incorporating offsite backups can mean the difference between catastrophic loss and speedy recovery.
Onsite vs. Offsite
Onsite backups may save you from accidental file deletion or hardware failure. However, if you’re relying solely on this method, you’re essentially banking on your production site always being safe from harm. Whether it be a hurricane, fire, tornado, onsite data corruption or cyberattack, the list of potential disasters that could compromise your onsite data backups goes on.
We recommend following the 3-2-1 rule as a best practice for backups. The rule states you need three copies of your data, stored on two types of media, with one copy being offsite. By incorporating offsite backups, you’ll add an extra layer of protection to your valuable information and ensure your data is retained in the event of a local disaster. Be sure to look for the following criteria in your offsite backup solution:
- Secure location
- Sufficiently distanced from primary production site
- Located in a zone not prone to natural disasters
- Data restores are quick and easily accessible
Push Offsite Backups to the Cloud
In the past, storing backups offsite posed a challenge to many businesses due to limited bandwidth, growing data volumes and a lack of resources required to build or maintain a true offsite backup repository. Not to mention, traditional offsite methods like tape backups require a trusted third party to transport and store the tapes causing complications and lengthy restore times. By leveraging a cloud backup repository service, businesses can now store backups offsite without adding bandwidth or investing in the upfront capital and resources needed to build and maintain a secondary storage site.
A cloud backup service allows you to extend your backup infrastructure to the cloud. The service works by mirroring your local data and sending the backup copies to your provider’s secure cloud environment. The data is then available for restore without the need for a VPN or network configuration, and restore times are typically much faster than traditional backup methods.
Looking for More Than Just Backups?
When you work with a cloud backup service provider like Immedion, your offsite backup service will come with the added benefit of technical support. You won’t have to worry about having an IT expert on your team to install, setup or maintain your backup solution because your provider can handle it for you. You’ll be able to rely on their expertise to ensure all your workstations, servers and virtual machines are backed up properly. They can also help you set your backup schedules so that they make sense for your business needs, monitor your backups to verify they are completing on time and assist with tests and restores.
Immedion can help you take your backups to the cloud! To learn more, check out Immedion’s Cloud Backup solution powered by Veeam Cloud Connect or ask our experts about taking your backups offsite by scheduling a consultation.