Backing up data can be a challenging exercise. Backing up a data center can be an even more challenging exercise. The bad news is that, challenging or not if you are still running a data center, then it’s a vital part of your operations. The good news is that even smaller SMBs can manage it capably with the right approach. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data center backup in Lodi.
1. Your data resides in the physical infrastructure
Even though the name “data center” emphasizes the importance of the data, the fact remains that your data resides on and within a framework of physical infrastructure. This means that its availability depends on the availability of the relevant hardware and everything needed to make it work, especially electricity and the internet.
You, therefore, need to think about the practicalities of backing up your physical infrastructure. You also need to think about how you are going to manage if a storage device fails between data backups, in other words, taking your data with it. This is most likely (notoriously likely) with hard drives. In fact, it’s so likely that there’s an entire industry sector devoted to recovering data from failed hard drives, so you might want to look for a good data recovery vendor before you find yourself needing one.
2. It’s important to choose the right storage for your needs
Most data centers are likely to be operating to the time-honored 3-2-1 strategy. In other words, they’ll have three copies of the data over two media, with one copy being kept off-site. The local copy can be taken to a hard drive, SSD or tape and the off-site copy can be taken to any of these or the cloud.
Hard drives have gained a following over recent years and it’s easy to see why. They offer a nice balance of reading/writing speeds and cost-effectiveness. The main problem with them is that they are infamous for their failure rate even if they are treated very gently. This poses challenges for local data center backups and those challenges go up if you want to use hard drives for your off-site data center backups.
SSDs are even faster and more robust, but they are also very expensive. What’s more, when they do fail it tends to be without any warning and recovering data from them is much more difficult (and expensive) than recovering data from regular hard drives.
Tapes are robust and affordable but very slow. Their performance can, however, be vastly improved by partnering them with SSDs. While this does increase the upfront cost of storage the performance improvements are usually significant enough to justify it. In short, the SSD acts as a buffer between the data and the tape. It uses its indexing facility to clean and compress the data and then passes it on to the tape for safe storage.
When looking at off-site storage options, firms basically have to decide whether they want to prioritize the physical firewall effect of using off-line storage or whether they want the speed and convenience of the cloud. When taking this decision its important to consider not just the risk of cyberattacks but also the risk of delaying a return to production due to the need to fetch physical storage from an off-site location using the road network, which tends to be much more congested than the internet (especially in urban areas such as Lodi).
3. You need a robust data center backup management solution
Depending on how you count, there are either three or four main types of data center backup management solutions. Hardware-based solutions and cloud-based solutions (Backup-as-a-Service) tend to be best suited to less complex environments as there is limited scope for in-depth customization.
Hardware-based solutions are convenient, plug-and-play options as they usually come with storage, but that also makes them a single point of failure. BaaS does not have the risk of hardware issues but does depend on a reliable internet connection.
Most SMBs, however, are going to need to look at either a software-based solution or a hybrid (which is part-software and part-BaaS). In fact, they are increasingly likely to need to look at combining solutions as it is now becoming very difficult to find one solution which does everything a company needs, let alone everything it wants as well.
This may not, however, be immediately obvious from product descriptions. To be fair, this isn’t necessarily a case of software vendors misrepresenting their products. It’s more likely to be a case of software vendors having a different perspective from you. That’s why it’s important to test any potential software solution thoroughly before you commit to a purchase.
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