We have moved well past the point where someone should have to convince you that backing up your data and applications is critical to your success. Sure there are some last pockets of resistance out there—those few who may not be backing up their critical data. By and large, though, most organizations realize that a reliable backup solution is a must-have. But what solution should it be? And what is best-practice for using it?
When it comes to backup solutions you have a large menu of great choices. You can install backup software on either a dedicated server or a virtual server, and that server can be on-premises (replicated off-site, of course), off-premises, or a combination of both. Or you buy a dedicated appliance or other hardware/software combination that handles your backup needs.
Regardless of your preferred backup solution, you can manage it yourself—in which case ease of implementation and management should be big factors in choosing the solution that works best for your needs.
Another option, however, is to let someone else manage your backup for you. “Backup as a service” allows you to outsource this critical, but non-core function to someone who has the expertise and resources to do it at scale. The advent of the cloud as a server backup resource has made this option even more attractive and affordable.
There is no shortage of cloud/hosting providers offering backup-as-a-service solutions, many of whom are already using Idera’s R1Soft Continous Data Protection (CDP) as the heart of their solution. On top of Idera’s industry-leading software, these hosting/cloud providers offer their world-class data centers and trained personnel for a solution that is likely beyond the grasp of in-house server administrators and teams within many organizations.
DIY, backup-as-a-service, cloud-based, on-prem or off-prem, software or appliance, real or virtual—the choices for backup are more plentiful today than ever before. There is a solution for just about every budget and every need.
While all of these choices mean you must do your homework to determine the best solution for your business, one thing is clear: You have no excuse for ignoring this vital part of protecting your data. Backup is simply too easy to do. Find your solution and start backing up today!