Which Disaster Recovery Providers are Right for You?

by | Nov 28, 2016

Breaking down today’s disaster recovery providers

Preparing for an IT disaster is crucial for every business. But not all disaster recovery providers are made equal. As you compare your options, it’s important to consider the stark differences between various backup recovery technologies: how they work, how rapidly they restore your data and of course: how much they cost.

If you’ve already done your homework, then your business continuity plan should already define your business’s specific risks in a disaster situation.

For example:

  • How much would each hour of downtime affect the bottom line?
  • What would be the impact of partial or total data loss?
  • How quickly would you need to restore data and systems to minimize the interruption on operations?

Answering business-specific questions like these will greatly help you identify the best disaster recovery solutions for your needs.

Let’s look at some of the differences between today’s most established disaster recovery providers.

Disaster Recovery Providers: What’s the Difference?

Hybrid Cloud Based Backup and Recovery

For businesses that can’t afford downtime, hybrid backups have become the go-to solution. These combine the benefits of having both cloud-based and local backups. The local backups ensure the fastest recovery possible, while the cloud backups provide true business insurance.

Premium providers like Datto enable you to virtualize either backup within seconds. Each backup is a fully bootable virtual machine. Plus, a screenshot backup verification and daily mock recovery process ensure that the backups can be booted in a disaster.

Providers like Veeam and Barracuda offer essentially the same hybrid approach, but you’ll compromise some recovery reliability and performance.

Basic Cloud Backup

Smaller businesses and home offices may find that simpler cloud-based backups will be adequate for basic file storage needs. This is a good option for those who simply want to keep stuff on their hard drives backed up in the cloud. Well-known providers include Carbonite, BackBlaze and Norton Online Backup.

Cloud-to-Cloud SaaS Backup

Standard cloud backup systems should not be confused with cloud-to-cloud solutions like Backupify or OwnBackup. Cloud-to-cloud backups replicate the data in one cloud system and back it up in another. But in this case, we’re not talking about ordinary file storage that’s accessible by your staff.

Cloud-to-cloud systems are principally designed for enterprise-grade SaaS applications, in which the operators of the application never touch the end-user data. An example of this would be an application like Salesforce or even Gmail. In the event of a software glitch or security breach, cloud-to-cloud backup ensures that user data is safe and secure in a separate cloud system.

On-Site Backup Software, Servers, Tapes & Physical Backups

For businesses who prefer the traditional route of storing all their backups locally, there are numerous disaster recovery providers in this realm. From simple software to make your backup process easier to enterprise-level infrastructure, you have numerous options to choose from.

Big names in this arena include Acronis, Novastor and of course built-in solutions available with Windows Server and Linux systems. For tape backup hardware, Dell’s PowerVault solutions are also an option.

Keep in mind the limitations and risks that come with storing your backups only on local systems. By doing so, your data could easily be comprised by malware, hardware failure, natural disasters or human error. Plus, traditional backups are notorious for recovery problems, often leaving data corrupted or completely unrecoverable.

Assessing Your Risk

Remember, this is only a short list of disaster recovery companies, and the industry is constantly evolving. The key to narrowing down your options is identifying your business’s specific needs. Certain sectors, like healthcare, also have regulatory compliance to consider. Your ultimate goal is finding a solution within your budget that minimizes downtime and allows the business to rapidly recover after virtually any disaster.

For more information on disaster recovery providers, contact us today.

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Tracy Rock is the Director of Marketing at Invenio IT. Tracy is responsible for all media-related initiatives as well as external communications—including, branding, public relations, promotions, advertising and social media. She is one busy lady and we are lucky to have her!

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