Is Backing up to Tape the Best Solution for a Growing Business?

You ask: Why fix a process and plan that’s not broken? I answer: Your company’s backup and recovery solution seems foolproof, but did you think about all the ‘what ifs’ if disaster did strike?

It’s easy for me to sell you on a cloud solution…and I would love to, but let’s try and take an objective look at tape backup versus a cloud backup and recovery solution. Then you can decide. In the end, it’s up to you to determine what works best for your growing organization.

Tape Backup: An Easy Target for Human and Mother Nature

Okay. So maybe the title of this section is not objective, but at least I captured your attention. And let’s be honest, it’s going to be hard for me to be objective. So, let’s get down to business and explore why organizations should rethink their strategy if they are still backing up to tapes.

  • Tapes live a delicate shelf life and can be affected by environmental factors such as heat, humidity and magnetic interference.
  • Should your company experience a physical disaster, restoring a full system from a tape is nearly impossible. Many steps are involved when conducting a full system restore. These efforts unfortunately might not restore all your data, even if the tapes were successfully written at time of backup.
  • Accessing the data is a very slow process. In fact, the restore can take the same time to access data as it took to be created. Why? Tapes must be read sequentially, and this takes time. Time that a business can’t afford to lose because customers are waiting and downtime is crucial to the performance of any business.
  • Beyond the actual tape, there is also the process. Most companies appoint someone in IT to run tapes to the bank costing time away from their job—not to mention travel expense. This part of the process is usually done at the end of the day. The problem is when this company faces an outage or catastrophic event before the tapes are safely driven to the bank. And what about weekends and holidays?

A Cloud Replication Device Provides Automation, Continuity and Peace of Mind

Why not explore an option that will automatically backup and safeguard your vital business information, but also help you get back to doing business quickly? With our Cloud Replication Device (CRD) in place, you can recover your environment quickly because data can be accessed regardless of when you experience a data challenge. Let’s look at some of the features and benefits of a cloud backup service.

  • This all-in-one solution provides storage hardware with backup software. The CRD reduces the time consuming and error-prone process of implementing a manual backup infrastructure.
  • This backup service replicates the full image of your operating environment in the cloud if your physical environment goes down. There are two data recovery options. Polleo can recover data on-site to the local CRD from a file level, application level or server level. Data can also be recovered in the cloud by utilizing the same process for CRD.
  • The CRD maintains a local cache of backup data to speed recovery when needed, getting the data into your hands quickly so you can get back to growing your business. Our support team is also available and ready 24/7 to work around specific limitations and provide customizable solutions for each client. The process of restoring data for a file or application level restore is done within hours of the request.
  • Our cloud recovery and backup solution automatically pushes large amounts of information to an off-site, secured data center, eliminating the human error, gaps and time it takes to manually backup data to tapes.

Today’s cloud technology allows for small to medium-sized companies to focus on their business and not on IT solutions. Your company can easily eliminate the manual process of archiving and storing data with one simple device. This means no more trips to a bank vault or wondering about what might happen and taking that chance. The benefits of installing a CRD provides peace of mind knowing you can get back to business quickly.

Perhaps it’s time to reconsider your backup and recovery process? Contact Polleo Systems today for more information about our cloud solutions.