The Challenge of Remote Backup

In today's global economy, many companies are increasingly distributed. That puts IT in a precarious position, especially when it comes to backup processes. Nobody can afford to lose data. But managing backup and availability of data in far-flung locations can present many logistical and technology challenges that add complexity, expense, and risk. Remote locations will generally require investments in local servers, storage, and networking. Even with all the equipment in place, supporting it is a whole different challenge.

Compounding the problem, branch operations typically rely on local tape backup, which requires expensive hardware in each office and imposes a heavy administrative burden. With such variables, recovery rates can be low and uneven and removable media is at risk of being lost or stolen. What’s more, crucial data can be lost because backups are not done frequently enough. Less than optimum backup cycles may also produce inconsistencies in the data housed in different locations throughout the enterprise, leading to errors and incorrect assumptions that can impact business performance.

Market research firm IDC says “Expect IT spending in the branch to reach $32 billion in 2013.”

At easySERVICE™ Data Solutions, we suggest a new architectural approach to our clients which allows IT to project virtual servers and data to the edge, providing for local access and performance while data is actually stored in centralized data centers. IT can now avoid the need to provision and maintain remote backup servers, software, and storage. By this new approach, organizations can recover faster, reduce risk, and save money.

Branch office storage can be consolidated and centralized into the data center, eliminating the need to deploy local storage at the branch office. Data and servers that used to be distributed can now reside centrally and be projected to the edge locations where they perform as if they were local. That’s a whole new way of looking at data management.

By effectively centralizing branch office data, enterprises can save on the hardware, software, and administrative costs of local backup, tape duplication, and manual off-site transportation of tapes. Instead, branch data is incorporated with an organization’s automated, reliable, and faster data center backup and disaster recovery operations. Organizations can increase the frequency of backup, reducing the amount of time and potential data loss.

In the case of branch office disaster, since data is also available at the data center, with the help of this new approach you can be reconnected to data center storage, and data will be made available in minutes. The data protection challenges companies faced induced our customers to think more about acceptable recovery time objectives and potentially moving from tape-based backup towards real-time mirroring and replication technologies.

Given that so many companies required drastic changes to their recovery environments highlighted the importance of change management and keeping production and recovery in sync. Companies rely on easySERVICE Data Service as a potential partner in helping to create and manage the lifecycle of a long-term disaster recovery program that would free them to pursue higher-value workstreams.

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Whether you are looking for easySERVICE™ Disaster Recovery Planning or solutions for your unique IT requirements, we have a solution specially designed for you. No matter the size of your business, you will always get the kind of support that goes far beyond the ordinary. At easySERVICE™ Data Solutions, we have collected our most noteworthy resources in one convenient disaster recovery guide to answer all your questions and help you decide if launching a DRaaS offering is the right move for you.
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