Value of local backup in hybrid solution

Sep 2013
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Value of local backup in hybrid solution

 

The following is a guest post from Vladimir Milanovic of LiveBackup

Ready to RestoreWhen it comes to business backup and safekeeping, there is no 100% right solution where you should keep your data. Whether you decide on local, offsite or hybrid backup solution, you should consider all of the advantages and disadvantages. Although security is the main reason for choosing offsite backup storage, local storage has an important role as well.

What are the advantages of local backup?

  • Security and control - The onsite, or local copy of important corporate data, means that internally developed security procedures and standards can be applied. The vault at your office does imply certain management but it provides complete control and sense of true ownership, as company decides what to do with the data and who to grant access to. Data is the foundation for business growth and as such, the control of it needs to stay in the hands of the company.
  • Protection - Ensuring your data is protected is of utmost importance. Local backup storage, as part of corporate network, is protected with the same security features as the rest of the business IT environment. These features include firewall, access rights and trained personnel, accompanied with the software built-in security features, like the one Asigra provides - encryption, auto healing, data validation.
  • Accessibility - Data is collected across the entire business network prior to potentially being sent to a secure offsite location. Data stored on-site, on local vault, can be conveniently obtained whenever needed.
  • Speed - With the local storage, a company doesn't require Internet connection to access or restore data. As it resides on network-attached storage (NAS), it can be easily found and restored within minutes, if the need arises. LiveBackup offers the possibility of quickly and easily restoring from the local environment at LAN speed.

Over time online storages prevailed, but why?

Due to technology innovation, continual upgrades on hardware and software, advances in broadband Internet availability and high resource demand, offsite backup solution was adopted over time.

This option gives more security from on-site disasters and less hardware related costs. Natural disasters or theft from the office are the flaws of local backup in comparison to more secure offline solutions that protect data from such occasions. Additionally, cloud based storage is able to detect viruses before data is sent, whereas local backup can copy undetected virus onto your backup.

Cloud based business application

With shift to the cloud came elaborate offer of variety of business applications. Among most sought are customer relationship management apps, one of the biggest genres of software applications on the market today, such as Salesforce. These cloud services store data in a data centre unknown to the user, owned or leased by provider.

Expansion of cloud demands high trust, as with no local, physical data presence, sense of security is lost.

Sense of dependency of a cloud service provider goes even deeper, as data resides on unknown location, there is a question of availability of data. The question of what happens if service is down arises.

Optimal solution - hybrid backup

Companies producing high amount of data, requiring easy and fast access to restore operations are provided with hybrid backup. This is a superior cloud solution, providing “double protection” as local backup and restores are made to an on-site vault, while data replications are sent to external cloud.

This backup option ensures maximum protection and data availability at the same time, as restores from offsite location can be recalled from the cloud into hybrid on-site storage on demand and restored from there. It draws out the best speed, combined with accessibility of local storage with maximum security of offsite storage. Simply put, business has true continuity guaranteed with hybrid backup.

Conclusion

Local storage helps companies regain sense of security and ownership over the most important asset - data. These storage options can be considered as “taming the cloud” and regaining the sense of security and ownership over company IP. Technology innovations and changes revolutionize business arena on almost monthly level, and companies deciding on data protection strategies should consider pros and cons in detail, given that this decision cannot be made lightly.

Keeping backups on premise remains to be important as it allows you to align the value of data with the cost of protecting it.

About the Author

Vladimir MilanovicVladimir has been working with GCOMM since 2010 on the design and implementation of the recent branding and marketing strategies. He was also responsible for the rebranding  of LiveBackup in 2012. Between 2006 and 2010 he was involved in the creation and launch of Imperial Tobacco’s European BTL platform for its Davidoff brand as well as for the rebranding of French icon, Gitanes. Vladimir graduated from the Belgrade University of Arts in 2005.

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