5 Things To Know About Enterprise Backup Solution

An enterprise backup solution is an important consideration to assure that, in an emergency, the essential data of the company can be accessed when needed. Without it, the loss of the data, alone, could cause the collapse of the company. That is how important a company’s essential data has become.

Gone are the days when the CEO could manage the affairs of his entire organization from memory or even with a few handwritten notes. Our ability to collect massive amounts of data has driven personal memory out of competition. The more data we collect, the more we have come to depend on its storage and retrieval to maintain business operations.

Come and gone is the threshold where not just collection, storage and retrieval have become essential for operations. It is, for many companies, critical that enterprise data be backed-up. Everything from hard drives to servers have experienced crashes with resulting loss of original data.

Here are 5 things to know about the right enterprise backup solution before purchasing it:

1. What is the importance of the data and to whom? It may not be enough to consider only data that is shared across several departments. The best gauge of importance of enterprise data is to consider what their loss would do to the enterprise, even if the data are used by one individual in one department. An enterprise cannot determine importance of data until it has completed a thorough contingency plan of operations should a disaster of any kind occur. Which data represent loss of critical-path operations of the enterprise?

2. What is the frequency of data change? If essential enterprise data change daily, then backup must occur daily. This may not affect all data. The chosen enterprise backup solution ought to have the flexibility to differentiate data and perform backup on a multi-point schedule.

3. How fast must recovery of backed-up data be accessible? If data need to be accessed from backup storage on a daily basis, but a backup system being considered is only capable of recovery in three or four days, that system is insufficient for critical-path operations of the enterprise.

4. Who is responsible for backup and recovery of enterprise data? Yes, it is automated and scheduled equipment that performs the backup, and that equipment should be selected and purchased on the basis of the answers to all of these questions, but no system operates successfully in a void. A management-level employee of the enterprise needs to be appointed the task of management of the enterprise backup solution, whatever it may be.

5. Is it essential that the physical location of the enterprise backup solution be off-site? If a natural or man-made crisis destroys or damages the on-site systems of enterprise data collection and storage, it is essential that backup data be accessible. If that is also on-site, it is also subject to the same destruction. An off-site location for an enterprise backup solution, whatever its type, is essential for recovery and continuation of critical-path operations of the enterprise.

Your Guide To Data Recovery

Losing your computer data to some attack on your system or perhaps to sheer negligence may mean a lot to your business. Oftentimes, this may mean terrible losses in your operations and finances causing harm to the way your business stands before your customers. Data recovery experts believe that it is crucial for a company to know exactly just how to prevent any of these from happening.

The convenience that the computer storage brings to most companies is just irreplaceable in value. However, the same convenience exposes business owners to the risk of having to experience loss of data. Once it happens, every second counts. Failing to act on the matter right at the moment it occurs to you may mean massive losses that these data amount to. The longer the resolution of the problem, the more difficult it should be to become successful at fixing it. However, with the following tips from the experts, you should be guided appropriately.

Consult a data recovery service provider. Set an appointment with the reliable experts. These experts should know best the necessary solutions to undertake in order to resolve the loss of data.

Get your systems checked. These data specialists need to get your systems checked and analyzed so that they will be able to know just how much data have been lost. It is during this time that you will have to ask your questions to the experts and if there are any concerns you might want to express regarding the process.

Know the pricing. By the time the data recovery team is done with the preliminary analysis, they should already be able to present a quote that is detailed with the probability of a successful recovery, time required for the recovery work, and how much it will cost to implement it. Make a deal with what service you obtain and how much it costs and sign a contract containing that deal.

Arrange for the repair and recovery. Experts suggest that you get ready during the actual repair and recovery. The team of expert data specialists has to bring your data recovery in the laboratory so you may have to make the necessary adjustments while the process is in progress.

Secure your recovered data. Once the process is done, it should be easy for you to access the information recovered by asking your service provider to help you out. You also have to ask them about any protection program that you can apply on your system to avoid anything like this data loss issues in the future.

Cloud Storage Compared: Choosing the Right Online Storage

Online, or “cloud” storage has replaced the floppy disk as a way to share files, and it’s also a handy way to back up files and sync them with your various computers and mobile devices. Here’s a look at the various cloud storage services and what they have to offer. Read on to compare services and find the best storage solution for your needs.

Dropbox

One of the biggest names in online storage is Dropbox. Offering free, Pro, and Team accounts, Dropbox starts at 2GB (free) and goes up to 1TB (Team). Pro accounts offer 100GB of storage for just under $10 per month. But few people have to settle for the minimum storage; you can easily earn free storage by completing tasks such as going through the getting started guide, connecting your Twitter or Facebook account to Dropbox, inviting friends, and using Dropbox’s camera upload feature on your phone.

Box

Box (formerly Box.net) offers free and paid accounts. Free accounts come with 5GB of storage. Sign into Box through one of the current promotional devices to receive a free upgrade of storage space — up to 50GB. File uploads for the free account are limited to just 250MB, which increases to 1GB if you switch to a paid account. For $10 a month you get 25MB of storage, and $20 a month gets you 50GB of storage. Business and Enterprise accounts are available as well.

Cubby

Cubby is a storage service offered by LogMeIn. Free accounts start with 5GB of space, and you can earn up to 25GB of free storage. With each successful referral, 1GB of space will be added to the user’s account. Paid accounts start at just $7 a month for 100GB of free storage. There are no file upload limitations.

SkyDrive

SkyDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage service. It originally launched with 25GB of free storage, but new users get a more modest 7GB. There’s no way to earn free storage. To increase your limit, you can subscribe for as little as $10 per year, upping your account by 20GB. Twenty-five dollars a year will get you 50GB, while $50/year gets you another 100GB. SkyDrive has Windows, Mac, iOS, Windows Phone, and Android apps available to keep your files in sync.

SugarSync

SugarSync offers both free and paid accounts; the free account comes with 5GB of storage. You can earn up to 32GB of free space by referring friends and coworkers to the service. Standard paid accounts start at $7.49 per month for 60GB of storage, $10/month for 100GB and 250GB for $25/month. There are also larger storage allotment plans, as well as business plans available.

Amazon Cloud Drive

Amazon offers its own storage service called Cloud Drive. Cloud Drive allows you to store any file type — except for music. A free account earns you 5GB of storage, with no way to increase the free file storage allotment. Paid accounts range from $10 per year for an additional 20GB, to $500/year for 1000GB.

Google Drive

Google Docs was rebranded as Google Drive some time back, and offers users 5GB of free file storage. In order to upgrade from the 5GB free plan, you’re looking at $2.49/month for 25GB or $4.99/month for 100GB. There’s no file size limit for uploading content, as long as your account has the room. You can access your Drive account, and even edit some types of documents, directly from Android and iOS mobile apps. Of course, there are Mac and Windows apps as well.

iCloud

Apple’s cloud storage service is called iCloud. iOS and OS X users get 5GB of free storage, with no options to expand on it unless you pay. An additional 20GB will cost $40 a year, and an extra 50GB is $100/year. iCloud will back up your iOS device(s) automatically, store documents and settings for apps, and keep items in sync between iOS and OS X. There aren’t standalone apps for iCloud, unless you’re a Windows user, as this is an integrated service in recent Apple products.