Backup Strategy

There are many backup backup strategies available in today’s marketplace. Onsite, Image Based, Offsite (Vault) and Online are but a few of the more popular choices. Because Hawaii’s market is unique, we believe a Hybrid strategy is the best way to protect your data. To understand why we make the Hybrid choice, let’s examine each of the strategies.

Onsite backup consists of a disk or tape based backup. In a disk based backup scenario, you will typically have a USB external drive, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) server or a Storage Area Network (SAN) server. The latter two devices are costly so unless you have a large budget, it is unlikely that you will be able to put together an adequate solution. The USB external drive is a good solution if your budget is small. The problem with the three solutions is that they are mechanical in nature, i.e. they contain harddrives which operate in a mechanical fashion. Mechanical devices break down and so there is a hefty maintenance cost associate with the devices. If you are using a USB external Drive and it fails, you may very likely loose your data. Tape based solutions are also a good option but the equipment is costly and tapes are only good for 12 months and must be replaced yearly. These factors make tape a costly solution.

Image based backups are also a great way to protect your data. The trouble with these images is that they take up an inordinate amount of space to store the images. You are now back to the problems you had above with mechanical devices. The advantage of image based solutions is that it creates and image of your harddrive so restoration is a one step procedure. You simply replace the harddrives or entire machine and restore the image and you are up and running.

Offsite backup can be costly as it involves a service with a courier how comes to your office and picks up physical media (tapes, DVD’s or hard drives) and takes them to a secure storage vault to be stored for a later date. This solution works provided you have some sort of cataloging procedure to keep track of the data sent to the vault. It is generally costly and for small businesses can be time consuming.

Finally, there are Cloud based technologies. You may have heard of Carbonite and Mozy who advertises on radio and television. There are many more services available. The advantage of these services is that they take an initial backup of all of your data and then move to what is called an incremental backup, i.e. it only backs up the new data. In this manner the backups are more efficient and you maintain all of your data from the start. These services are more cost effective than most of the above solutions and the data is stored in a secure data center. Check with the companies as some have more than one data center which provides you with redundancy. The disadvantage of this solution is that your data is stored online and should we lose power or communications (think hurricane) you will not have access to your data.

We support a hybrid solution. For most of our small business customers this consists of a local copy of your data (usb haddrive) along with an online solution. We recommend iDrive and iBackup for online backup of your data. In this manner, should we experience a catastrophic event such as a direct hit from a hurricane to Honolulu, you will still have a copy of your data to work off of as soon as you are able to get your computers back up and running. Even so, without Internet access, you could conceivably still work.

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Services: Backup and Disaster Recovery.