When it comes to disaster recovery and data backup in general, there are many different approaches. However, these varying viewpoints should all have the same result. To secure data and improve business continuity in case of a crisis. When developing a backup and recovery solution, businesses can run into snags when it comes to less-than-accurate information though.
Businesses must overcome some misconceptions in order to gain the full benefits of any disaster recovery software. BackupReview has given an overview of fallacies regarding cost, need, quality of service, and more.
The Expense Myth
Many businesses believe that disaster recovery solutions are not worth the investment. Or that all solutions are the same regardless of cost. This mindset can lead a business to use a free, public cloud-based service. Or perhaps to choose another solution that is inadequate for its needs. With data backup and recovery software, a business gets what it pays for. Some solutions may have low upfront costs. But the IT decision-maker needs to examine everything that comes with that price, from capacity to access limits.
Just because a business has never experienced significant data loss does not mean it won’t happen. In many cases it is not a matter of “if” data loss occurs, but “when.” Some businesses believe that their IT departments can handle these situations. They might believe that recovery simply isn’t possible in certain types of situations, or that the loss won’t hurt them. None of these beliefs are true and could result in a crippled business if not properly prepared for.
Data backup solutions have also evolved significantly, from tape storage to backup hard drives and the cloud. Some businesses believe that their antiquated tape solutions are just as reliable as newer ones, and do not want to invest in evolving technology. However, tape systems are more expensive, bulky, and otherwise inefficient compared to newer systems, which provide better service while taking up less real estate.
Backup servers and cloud-solutions provide faster, more reliable access to data and deduplication solutions that allow a business to back up its data faster and recovery it more easily whenever it needs to. Additionally, these systems are easier to test than tape solutions and can ultimately result in significant savings over tape-based systems.