Offsite backup a matter of comprehension, totality

Offsite backup a matter of comprehension, totality

Stephen Perkins

Information has long been held as the lifeblood of any organization, and this idiom has only intensified in the past several years amid massive data volume growth around the globe. Almost all businesses rely on access to information in some capacity or another, making data backup a critical aspect of overall corporate continuity, financial stability and resilience to outages. 

However, information storage is no longer a simple process of filing records and maintaining them in a secure location. Instead, companies also need to focus on the vehicles used to access, manipulate, store and secure data, such as servers, networks and other components of IT infrastructure. For this reason, businesses need to start taking a comprehensive approach to disaster recovery through the use of both data and server backup technology. 

Make it count
Jeff Carlson, writing for The Seattle Times, recently explained why organizations need to take server and hardware backup procedures more seriously. Studies indicate that a growing number of businesses are starting to understand the importance of information backup and security because of massive losses and breaches that have plagued the private sector. 

However, the process of backing up infrastructure-related components of IT has not yet made its way into the mainstream, especially when it comes to smaller firms that have a weaker understanding of the associated strategies and smaller budgets to invest. According to Carlson, many individuals have already experienced an event called a "kernel panic," in which the entirety of an OS X system completely shuts down. 

One way to prevent the collateral damage that would often come from this type of event is to have server and hardware backups of the systems themselves. Carlson noted that many manufacturers are working to develop solutions that will integrate directly into package model computers and prevent major outages, but this is not yet commonplace. 

Still evolving
Emerson Stamps, writing for Baseline Magazine, recently reported that some firms are beginning to wise up to the necessity of server and network backups because of outages that have struck in the past. The source noted that while disaster recovery technology and procedures are still evolving, companies must be proactive in defending their data and IT infrastructure from outages. 

Online backup has become far more affordable and accessible in recent years, and can be used to protect information, systems and more from harmful outages.

Categories: Data Protection, Server Backup