How to Use an In-House Backup Appliance to your Benefit

by | Jan 26, 2015 | Business Continuity, Cloud & Hosting

Does Your Backup Appliance Sync To The Cloud?

A data backup appliance should be the first order of business for any company that collects information on a computer, be that financial information, changing inventory data, personnel data, tax information, technical data or any other data. It is not just a courtesy or a convenience but a necessity in case your system should go down or files on an important hard drive get corrupted. Backing up your information is not simply a time or money saver, but a necessity that could save your business. The rule is backup and keep current regular, daily or more frequent backups of every piece of information you need to run your business.

The question is what kind of backup should you use. Many small businesses back up their vital information on CDs or DVDs. This is actually a most unreliable medium for backup. These disk files often get corrupted by physical damage to the disk. Anyone who has ever recorded music to a cd knows how the disks develop fade-outs and become unplayable. Some businesses use on site hard disk systems. The only businesses that should use on site systems exclusively are those with destruction-proof vaults. If you use an on site system you should make multiple copies and keep them in separate locations. Other businesses opt for cloud back-ups. That is a good option, unless your internet goes down or you have a large amount of data to restore. Cloud storage has its own problems.

On site backup storage has obvious security disadvantages in case of the need for disaster recovery. Cloud storage has its own security disadvantages because of possible transmission error and security concerns. In his article in InformationWeek, author George Crump advocates using hybrid systems combining in-house swappable disk backup with cloud storage. That means using the on-site hot swappable drive system with the cloud so you always have a second copy of your data that can be used to aid in the data recovery process to assure accuracy.

File transfer to cloud servers is often slowed because of limited internet bandwidth. Cloud systems have trouble storing large files. Data sent through wire connections to cloud servers are usually compressed for faster transmission. Although this usually works well, a second copy of the data kept on site is important insurance against error or loss.

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Hot swappable hard disks are engineered to be removable and exchangeable without having to re-boot the system. The hot swappable dock employs a DC power supply that pre-charges the power pins so individual drives can be removed without damaging the rest of the system. The individual drives are safely transportable so they can be shipped.

An in-house backup appliance such as those offered by Datto provide a solution to the problem of data backup. The Datto Scalable Hot Swappable Drive Docks, when combined with cloud storage, represent the best option for secure data backup. The Datto Alto XL hardware includes a series of bays that can hold between 1 and 24 terrabytes of data. Datto SIRIS backup appliances can store up to 36 terrabytes. Data stored on the appliance are automatically backed up on the cloud.

The automatic cloud backup feature saves a great deal of time. At worst data backup can be very time consuming. The backup process itself may occupy considerable computer time, but when you have to do it twice, once for the on site system and once for the cloud, it can take serious downtime.

The Datto backup system is designed for small to medium sized business. It is the only company that offers instant onsite and offsite virtualization with screenshot backup verification. Data can be restored at multiple independent restore points.

Invenio IT are experts in the disaster recovery business offering installation, support and customization of the Datto hybrid backup appliances. Please contact us for more information.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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