Backup & Restore Solutions
We provide a comprehensive range of backup solutions for backing up Windows, Linux, Apple, Office 365, Google Office, Unix and a wide variety of applications including SQL, Oracle, Exchange, VMware, Hyper-V, Apple OSX etc.
We provide various ways for purchase software:
- Software – Annual license, perpetual
- Backup Appliance
- DRaaS – Disaster Recovery as a Service
- VM – Deploy backup as a VM
- Managed Service – We manage your backups
Data backup should protect all types of storage and computing devices to disk, tape or the cloud. Backup is a chore but is essential in protecting the business against increasing threats that paralyse a business such as ransomware. The software comes in a variety of guises including protection for operating systems such as Windows, Linux, Apple, Unix, OS/400…, applications including Office 365, Exchange, SQL, Oracle SAP etc.
The requirement for a reliable backup solution is growing due to the diverse range of IT systems now in place and increasing threat of ransomware. A backup is designed to protect valuable information against data loss and provide instant recovery of files, volumes or complete systems, with minimum administration and be capable of restoring information quickly in order to get your business and users up and running. A backup solution might also be able to backup IOT, tablets, mobile phones and traditional servers, desktops, notebooks and storage arrays. But this isn’t always the case and there are many types of software specifically designed to backup these individual areas.
Why bother backing up data?
Businesses create daily all types of information, this is stored on many different varieties of protected storage platforms including RAID, NAS, Cloud, Software Defined, SSD, Flash etc. When a backup is performed it is a type of business insurance, if something happens your data will be protected and the data restoration works when required.
Protecting data is part of a business requirement, for peace of mind and against the following:
What to look for in a backup application
With ever decreasing backup windows and 7×24 operations, choosing the correct type of backup software is critical. The type software you choose should also be able to backup everything in your current environment including Microsoft Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, and Unix as well as all the applications these systems run.
Types of backup
Software today can utilise a combination of disk-to-disk, disk-to-disk-to-tape, disk to tape, disk to Cloud, site to site etc. The software could also support data deduplication to reduce your backup volumes by 20:1. Whilst tape isn’t as popular, it still has a big part to play in backups. The biggest benefit in using tape media as a backup medium is that it provides up to 12TB native of capacity from an LTO-8 tape, is removable and offers the lowest cost per TB of any other storage media. It can also be used as part of a tiered archiving solution as shown below.
Where is all this data coming from?
Unstructured data is the biggest headache today for any organisation trying to control and manage data. The unstructured data consumes over 70% of all information stored and is growing at 61% per annum!
What is unstructured data?
Firstly, let’s understand what we are dealing with. Unstructured data is the information which is typically not stored in a database.
Unstructured data manifests itself in two ways:
- “TEXT” can be e-mail, texts, word documents, presentations, messaging systems, Twitter, Facebook etc.
- “RICH MEDIA” can be images, sound files, movie files etc.
As we have explained, unstructured data consumes vast amounts of storage, but another consideration is legislation. Where this data resides is important if you need to retrieve the information for a compliance audit or lawsuit.
- data can be of any type
- not necessarily following any format or sequence
- does not follow any rules
- is not predictable
This type of data is organised and easily accessible such as databases and large search indexes. This type of data is also very fast to retrieve and interrogate for analysis or usage patterns.
- data is organised in semantic chunks (entities)
- similar entities are grouped together (relations or classes)
- entities in the same group have the same descriptions (attributes)
- descriptions for all entities in a group (schema)
A cloud backup is fine, but you have to consider what you are backing up, how long you need to store it in the cloud and how many copies do you need.
How much would it cost to store 50TB of backup data in the cloud for 2 years based on a 40% increase in data year on year?
If we take 240 working days (excluding weekends and bank holidays) and we only take daily backups.
1TB = £10 per month
40% of 50TB = 20TB /240 = 83.33GB per day increase year 1
40% of 70TB = 28TB /240 = 116.66GB per day increase year 2
Total cloud storage cost for 2 year = £20,160.00
Download our – cloud storage calculator
Technology creates more data
Modern technology, mobile devices, IoT all contribute to increased data generation. Mobile phone apps, improved camera resolutions, easier access to more applications, CCTV, recorded video now at 1080P/2K/4K/8K. Our everyday office applications create larger files as information is embedded within the documents. Operating systems and software applications are larger. In addition to this, hard disk sizes have dramatically increased with 16TB 3.5″ drives and we tend to keep everything forever which doesn’t help when trying to decipher business information from private individuals information.
Backup software choices
Whilst there are different types of backup software available, deciding where your backup data resides also plays a critical part on how soon you can recover from data loss or system failure. Traditional backup relied on tape, increasingly disk started to provide disk-2-disk systems, they then included compression and deduplication, replication and we have support for cloud based applications i.e. Office 365. Backup software can support Hyper-V, KVM, Nutanix & VMware.
Companies tend to change operating systems more than they change their backup systems and software!
5 Key features and benefits for backup software
- Speed and simplicity of recovery, volume file, and folder / file deletion and Ransomware
- Ease of management SLA driven single pane of glass
- Scalability and Security
- Support for virtual and physical assets
- Value for money
Increasingly industry is being instructed to have in place adequate data protection systems in place to protect against data loss and secure companies information. With stricter fines and penalties in place those that flout the laws. With increased fines and legal penalties in addition to the loss of service, data and customer good will data loss of any kind can cause all types of industries irreparable damage. Legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley Act for example, cover strict data sovereignty and security requirements prevent organisations from saving personal data to the cloud if that data leaves the country of residence at any time.
Critical to any business is the ability to recover data from corruption, loss, attack or environmental disaster.
- RTO Future (Recovery Time Objective) – How quickly a business can recover from the above within a given service level i.e. loss of a server = 2 hours to be functional
- RPO Past (Recovery Point Objective) – How far back your business is prepared to lose data based on the backup routine i.e. restore last nights data = 8 hours lost transactions
Any DR plan is only as good as the last restore. If you install new systems and decide to run a DR plan 3 months later then the chances of hitting an issue are high, alternatively, if you perform a weekly restore of random data, monthly restore of a disk and quarterly restore of a server then the chances of having problems should a real disaster strike are massively reduced. There is no substitute for planning and documenting your procedure in detail as without one you are steering a rudderless ship in a stormy sea.
How can we help?
We work with some of the world’s leading software companies to provide solutions to enable your business to securely backup and archive data.
If you are in need of our help call us on 01256 331614 or complete our form below.