Data backup is a complicated issue for organizations of any size, but when it comes to SMBs, there are even more challenges. The editors of SearchSMBStorage.com have compiled this list of five SMB backup
Small- and medium-sized businesses have similar data backup and recovery requirements of large-scale organizations. Of course, any interruption in service can be cataclysmic for an SMB. And since it’s particularly crucial for an SMB to protect its system and data assets, you need to know the best approach for your organization. This tip from Lauren Whitehouse looks at the best SMB backup solutions, why SMBs should opt for disk backup as a backup solution, and the vendors and products they have to choose from.
If you’re among the many organizations which still lean on traditional data backup and recovery software when backing up your virtual machines, there are negatives you’ll want to keep in mind along with the benefits you’re already experiencing. This tip looks at the most effective means of backing up your VM, whether that involves traditional or new VM backup options.
When Enterprise Strategy Group surveyed 441 data protection professionals, companies with less than 1,000 employees typically used a tape backup system more frequently than those with greater than 1,000 employees (by a 3:2 margin). Indeed, tape backup remains the prevalent option. And, with recent breakthroughs in tape backup like Linear Tape File System and LTO-5, it’s easy to see why. But before you adopt a tape backup system for your SMB, check out this tip that looks at tape storage strategy, tape backup encryption, tape media storage (pros and cons), and the impact of LTFS on data archiving.
If your SMB is using a tape backup system, it’s highly likely that you’re also using a tape vaulting service to move those backup tapes offsite. But before you choose a tape vaulting service (or even if you’re already using one), you’ll want to make sure that vendor is providing you with the level of service and security needed to keep your tapes safe. This tip looks at some questions you must answer when reviewing offsite tape storage service providers.
There are real advantages to using removable disk drives, but are they a better option than tape storage for SMBs? This tip examines the pros and cons of removable disk storage, looks at the future of removable disk drives, and much more.
This was first published in December 2011