3 steps for moving away from tape backup

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

Annual data backup growth rates of 60% are meaning that tape infrastructures are carrying an ever-increasing burden, which looks only to create more problems for businesses as time goes by. In the same way that DVD’s and CD’s have replaced VHS and Cassette Tapes, virtual data protection products will soon replace tape backup.

Technologies such as differential and incremental  backups are saving both time and money for companies looking to strengthen their business against the threats of malware, theft, power cuts and human error.
The following is a simple 3-step guide for making the move from tape to cloud backup, detailing what you should be thinking about as a home user, small business owner or IT professional when deciding to upgrade your backup systems.

Step 1 – Realise and assess the shortcomings of tape and potential consequences

The use of tape drives can be extremely cumbersome and time consuming. As an organisation’s data grows, so does the amount of time spent backing it up. To avoid wasting productivity, most organisations perform a nightly backup, however they find in the morning that the backup has failed for one of the following reasons;
• Tapes may be blank or become jammed in the tape reader
• Files are corrupt or missing
• Tapes may be damaged due to dirty heads, humidity or temperature
• Tapes may have been mislabelled lost or stolen
 Step 2 – Determine why you need to change and what you need from your new backup system
1. Your backup times exceed the available backup window
2. Your tape library is dying or dead, or maintenance is becoming too time consuming
3. You are looking to implement a new disaster recovery plan
4. You currently write straight to disk, and the amount of data is growing and getting expensive
 THINK
1. Have you done all you can to reduce the amount of data you back up?
2. What is your projected data growth over the next 6-12 months?
3. If time is the problem, would an automated online backup  be the solution?
4. How much user error do you need to take into account? Are all of your employees confident with the use of PC’s? How does this affect their likelihood of deleting a file or opening a spam e-mail with a virus?
 Step 3 – Take advantage of the increasing speed of the internet to make backups a painless process
Data that on tape, would take hours to upload can now be backed up in minutes with the use of ADSL, and in particular fibre-optic broadband. Speak to your service provider about increasing your upload speed and forget coming in to an incomplete backup in the morning.

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