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Traditional Data Backup Vs. Online Backup Solutions

Traditional Vs. Online

Data backup procedures have traditionally involved tape drives. They work like other forms of removable data storage such as a simple memory stick or an external hard drive.

Tape drives offer a backup solution that is still widely used by many businesses today – but they present a number of challenges and pitfalls.

By far the major concern is the significant possibility of human error when IT administrators remove and swap tape drives every day.

Many businesses take the tapes off site overnight, which is best practice. However, whilst this means the data is safe from building fires or other destructive events, it exposes the data to another risk – loss or theft.

For industries that deal with sensitive or personal information, such as financial services or legal practices, ensuring data protection is critical and in the majority of cases can result in a fine from professional bodies if compromised. Whilst tape backups have been considered an adequate solution for a number of years, they are not always reliable.

As an external component, the tape drive will inevitably be affected by a range of physical and mechanical factors.

Most commonly, these might include damage caused whilst the tapes are in transit, long term storage environment, or by simply dropping them by accident.

Tapes store data magnetically. This means they are also susceptible to corruption if they come within close proximity of other magnetic devices.

Environmental factors such as these can make the data on the drive unstable, and can result in failed attempts to restore the data when needed.

Most worryingly, there is no way of telling if a tape will fail until a restore is attempted.

From the perspective of business continuity and disaster recovery, these factors make using tape drives for backup of corporate data more problematic and risky than it needs to be.

Mitigating these issues can be a significant time constraint for IT administrators and may ultimately impact on a company’s bottom line.

One of the major benefits of online data backup is that it eliminates much of the human error associated with tape drive usage.

Data is encrypted and transferred online, direct to multiple secure data centres in Hampshire, meaning no transportation of physical hardware is required, so your data remains safe from the physical world.

With Securo Backup and Recovery, once the system has been deployed and configured, the system is fully automated – saving you manpower and giving you the additional peace of mind that your corporate data is always protected.

Traditional methods of business data backup still have their uses, but it’s vital to understand how their limitations could impact on your organisation should the worst happen.

Avoid the risks of tape drive backup with Securo Backup and Recovery by Taylor Made Computer Solutions. Get the security, reliability and flexibly that comes from safeguarding your business data online and in the cloud.

About the Author

Written by Pete Hughes

Pete is currently Head of Product Management at Taylor Made Computer solutions. Pete has a strong "hands on" technical background that is crucial to his role in developing the TMCS product lines. Pete’s Technical experience includes VMware, Microsoft, Asigra, N-Able and Citrix technologies and is regularly seen at Managed Services and Hosting events in Europe and worldwide. When the time is available Pete enjoys a variety of water sports including Yacht racing and a passion for the mountains and anything that involves snow.