Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Offsite backups the new standard in data safety

With a seemingly endless string of storms coming this hurricane season, companies are reevaluating their backup procedures. Losing hardware is unpleasant but manageable; losing data can be devastating. Until this year, offsite storage costs and bandwidth limitations made such solutions expensive, often forcing companies to choose between onsite backups (such as an external hard drive) and offsite (remote online backups), or even to eschew automatic backups altogether in favor of manually copying files to another computer or drive.

Trialworks partners with MozyPro to bring you secure offsite backups:

Costs have come down so much for both onsite and offsite backups that it has become quite affordable to build a robust backup solution for your organization. Trialworks is now able to offer you secure offsite backups for as little as $7/month plus .50/gigabyte of storage. This is a ‘set it and forget it’ backup system that automatically encrypts your precious data and uploads it to secure offsite servers. After the initial backup, it will only upload your changes, which means that its server overhead is negligible. It can be set to back up your entire server, just your TrialWorks files, or anything in between to create the best balance between cost and coverage. MozyPro offsite backup is simple, automatic, and secure, which is why companies like GE rely on it to keep their data safe.

The best of both worlds:

This system can either be used alone or in addition to other solutions such as ShadowProtect (which is the standard for onsite imaging backup to an external hard drive) to ensure that your data is backed up no matter what happens with weather, power outages, fire, or theft. The previous gold standard for data safety involved using ShadowProtect with two external hard drives, one that was always plugged in and one stored offsite but brought in every week. By combining MozyPro with an onsite solution, it is possible to have the best of both worlds and eliminate the need to take a drive home. You can have the security of an offsite backup that is impervious to natural disasters and the speed of a local backup in the event of a server crash.

/Author: Chad M.