3 Corporate Data Backup Solutions to Consider
So, which technologies are right for your company? Here are some example solutions from Datto to consider, based on the size of your business.
Here are 3 Corporate Data Backup Solutions to Consider
Solo, Micro & Small Businesses
This is a relatively new data backup solution from Datto, formerly known as Direct to Cloud. It’s arguably the simplest way to recover files or entire PCs from an image-based backup, without the need to deploy an on-site backup device.
What is it?
- Backup agent software for protecting individual Windows PCs.
- The software takes a complete image-based snapshot of the entire PC, including the operating system files.
- Backups are stored in Datto’s private cloud, providing off-site protection.
Who is it ideal for?
- The simplicity of Cloud Continuity makes it ideal for smaller businesses, but it can also be used for supplemental protection at larger businesses that need to protect certain PCs separately from the rest of the network.
- It’s an ideal solution for laptops, which are constantly moving between networks, getting lost, broken or stolen. When disaster strikes, businesses can virtualize the PC in the cloud for instant access to the lost data and applications.
- Very simple deployment: the Cloud Continuity agent sits on the protected PC and connects directly to the cloud without the need for a local backup appliance.
- Good solution for instantly regaining access to a PC that’s been infected by ransomware or has gone missing.
- No on-site backup storage is needed. All backups are stored in the cloud.
- Backups happen automatically. They automatically pause when the device has its connection interrupted and then automatically resume once the device’s connection is restored.
- Aside from virtualization in the cloud, you can recover individual files or folders, or rollback to a recovery point.
ALTO provides more advanced backup protection for smaller businesses. In fact, the technology is on-par with enterprise-grade business continuity solutions, but the deployment and pricing are matched for smaller companies. Instant virtualization allows you to boot a single machine (or the entire network) within the Datto cloud, so you can keep your business running even if your entire site goes down.
What is it?
- Hybrid-cloud business continuity solution for protecting physical and virtual environments.
- A compact on-premise backup appliance stores backups locally and in the Datto Cloud.
- Backups can be virtualized instantly in the cloud.
- Small (but mighty) plug-and-play backup device can sit on a desktop and be up and running in minutes.
Who is it ideal for?
- ALTO is designed for small businesses that need to achieve a more dependable level of continuity and disaster recovery.
- Small businesses that depend on its critical data and applications, but which have a relatively simple IT infrastructure, will appreciate ALTO’s advanced protection and cost efficiency.
- Total data protection in a tiny package: ALTO delivers nearly the same level of business continuity as enterprise BC/DR systems, but via an easy-to-implement turnkey device.
- Image-based backups allow you to recover granular data from multiple points in time, use virtualization to spin up lost servers in the cloud, or restore to other hardware with a bare metal restore.
- Backups can be performed as often as every 5 minutes.
- All backups are fully constructed (using Datto’s Inverse Chain Technology), which removes the dependency on previous backups and reduces the risk of problems during restores.
- Low cost of entry makes it attractive to smaller businesses.
Small to Mid-Sized Businesses (and Larger)
SIRIS builds on the performance and capabilities of ALTO to create a powerful, all-in-one corporate data backup solution for businesses of almost any size. The flagship product is the SIRIS 4, an on-site backup appliance offering hybrid cloud protection, plus the ability to virtualize backups on-site (in addition to the cloud). SIRIS is available in multiple sizes, from mini-desktop to rackmount, allowing you to protect any physical, virtual and cloud infrastructure.
What is it?
- Fully integrated business continuity solution that combines an on-site backup appliance with the added protection of Datto’s geo-redundant cloud.
- Features include verified backups, numerous restore options, instant virtualization and built-in ransomware protection.
- A purpose-built stack in which every piece is developed by Datto (agent, appliance, interface, cloud, virtualization) to create a seamless BC/DR solution with little configuration needed.
- A wide range of restore options ensures that data can be quickly retrieved no matter what the scenario.
Who is it ideal for?
- SIRIS is designed to fit the needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that have a need to maintain continuity and significantly minimize the impact of data loss.
- Multiple form factors and sizes are available to fit the needs of different sized businesses.
- Smaller businesses may appreciate the compact size and simplicity of the SIRIS X, which uses all-FLASH SSD for faster performance.
- Large to enterprise businesses should look at SIRIS Enterprise, which comes in rackmount versions offering backup storage up to 100 TB.
- SIRIS is a good fit for both simple and complex infrastructures, since it can protect any environment running on Windows, Mac or Linux, and it can be deployed as an appliance, imaged or virtual system.
- Complete infrastructure backup: SIRIS captures your entire infrastructure as often as every 5 minutes, allowing you to restore at the file-level or virtualize machines instantly (in addition to other restore options).
- Unlike ALTO, SIRIS allows you to instantly virtualize backups on the on-site appliance (in addition to the cloud), delivering blazing-fast boot times and performance.
- There are restore options for every disaster imaginable: file/folder restore, rapid rollback (full file system restore without the need to re-image the whole machine), bare metal restore, diskless restore, and virtualization (on-site, hybrid or off-site).
- Inverse chain technology creates resilient, fully constructed backups – and advanced verification lets you customize the scripts that determine what constitutes an error during the automated checks.
- Unlike competing BC/DR solutions, SIRIS works right out of the box with minimal setup and configuration – no need to cobble together several disparate technologies.
What about NAS?
NAS—short for network attached storage—is primarily designed for data storage, not necessarily backup.
Yes, a NAS device can absolutely be integrated with other corporate data backup solutions. And, it can even have built-in backup and cloud recovery capabilities, as is the case with the Datto NAS.
But standalone NAS, without integrated backup, is not intended for continuity. It’s basically just a centralized storage device for files.
Don’t forget your SaaS data
The way we use data today looks a lot different than it did 20 years ago.
Businesses of all sizes are now relying heavily on software-as-a-service apps, like Office 365 and G Suite. These apps keep your data (email, contacts, files, etc.) in the cloud – great for anywhere-access, but not so great for continuity.
Data loss is common in SaaS apps, due to accidental deletion, overwrites, ransomware, misconfigured data migrations and other factors. And when it happens, it can be just as disastrous as any other data-loss situation.
This is why SaaS backup solutions, like Datto’s Backupify, have become essential for every business using these cloud-based services. Backupify takes automatic backups of G Suite, O365 and Salesforce, and stores them in the Datto Cloud, ensuring that lost data can be quickly recovered.
Wait—can’t we use those apps for backup?
Smaller businesses make the mistake of thinking that cloud-based file-sharing apps, like Google Drive or Dropbox, are adequate for data backup. But as we established already, these platforms are just as vulnerable to the most common types of data loss.
Services like Dropbox make it easy to store files in the cloud, so they can be accessed from anywhere. But they do not come anywhere close to protecting your business when a major disaster strikes. Dropbox won’t restore your infrastructure; it won’t restore your applications; it won’t stop ransomware from infecting your files; and it won’t even be easy to recover all your files if you have a lot of data stored in the cloud.
File-sharing apps are exactly that: only for file-sharing—not backup.
What’s best for your business?
The answer to this question depends on your specific needs.
It’s not just about the size of the business. Two businesses of the same size can have very different backup needs. A 10-person home improvement company, for example, might get by with basic cloud backup software, while a 10-person medical office would likely require the advanced protection of SIRIS to safeguard its sensitive medical records and patient data.
Some factors to consider:
- How much data do you have?
- How critical is that data? (How badly would the business be impacted by data loss?)
- How often would you need to perform backups to minimize the impact?
- How quickly would you need to recover data to avert a disaster?
Answering these questions will help you narrow down your options to the solutions your business demands.
Getting expert guidance
A qualified managed-service provider (MSP), specializing in BC/DR technologies, can help you identify the right fit.
Your MSP will evaluate your existing infrastructure, data needs and operations to select a backup solution that delivers the protection you require. If your organization is new to disaster recovery solutions, or looking to transition to better technologies, working with an experienced MSP is essential.
Learn more about your options
Request a free demo to take a closer look at today’s best corporate data backup solutions and technologies. For more information, call our business continuity experts at Invenio IT today. Call (646) 395-1170 or email success@invenioIT.com.