Backing up data simply means having a secondary copy of your original data in a safe place easily accessible in the event it is needed. To ensure business continuity, organizations back up their data in case of an IT disaster, which can be in the form of a cyberattack, ransomware attack, data breach, or accidental data deletion or loss. Many companies adhere to the 3-2-1 Backup Rule to drive their backup strategy. The 3-2-1 Backup Rule is defined as having 3 copies of data, on two types of media, while having at least one copy offsite. In this blog, we are going to discuss 3 reasons why businesses must backup data onsite.
What You Need to Know
Organizations are required to back up more and more data to protect their intellectual property and ensure business continuity. Data volume is growing at a very rapid rate every year. The need for physical data backups is growing. The data storage industry is expected to reach 78.1 billion storage worldwide units by the end of 2021. Here are three reasons why successful companies use physical data backup and adhere to the 3-2-1 Backup Rule to protect their business.
3 Reasons why Businesses must Backup Data Onsite:
- Part of the 3-2-1 Backup Rule: Asmentioned before, the 3-2-1Backup Rule recommends having three copies of data. The three copies ofdata include your original working (production) data and two additional copies.Each copy reduces the chances of losing any precious data no matter whatcircumstances come your way. Losing your data can come at a high price. It canliterally diminish the value of your business, or worse, put you out ofbusiness. Therefore, at risk of stating the obvious, having a backup storage applianceonsite or in your data center is where the second copy of your data shouldreside, as part of your 3-2-1 Backup Strategy.
- Easily Accessible: As stated in the first point, onsite backup storage appliances are a very important component of your backup strategy. A backup appliance in “close” proximity, (within your enterprise network) allows for easy accessibility in case data or files need to be retrieved/recovered. Be sure to choose a backup storage appliance that easily integrates with your backup software solutions and processes.
- Part of Business Continuity Plan. As businesses are experiencing more and more cyberattacks, backing up data is an essential and integral component of business continuity. Business continuity ensures there is minimal to no downtime, preventing employees from working. There is no disruption to your business, no loss of revenue, and ultimately no impact on your brand. Should any IT disaster occur, a close backup of your data is available and can be quickly restored to ensure operational downtime is minimal.
What to look for in a Backup Appliance for your business:
With so many backup appliances and technology available on the market, Assurance IT recommends that enterprises invest in appliances that have the following features:
- Integrated storage appliance that complements your IT infrastructure
- Can easily scale as your data backup requirements grow every year
- Advanced/built-in redundancy, in case of disk failure
- Support for heterogeneous backup applications and utilities
- Fast backup performance for the shortest backup window
- Rapid data restore capability
- Insulation from Ransomware
- Data deduplication, minimizing the actual data storage requirements
- Instant VM recovery
How to Get Started
At Assurance IT, we use the AIT EPR Methodology to assess your business continuity needs. Contact us to find out how we can set up the best backup storage for your business.