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As discussed in my previous blog post, I’m going to talk about a selection of products that may help you when choosing a backup solution for your business and its users. I am a firm believer in cloud solutions as they offer the most simplistic backups available. There is less hassle as there are no tapes to deal with, no scheduling to adhere to and in most cases if something goes wrong, there is someone else to fix the problem for you why not try this out. Saying that, cloud solutions may not be for everyone as there are other costs involved when it comes to having enough bandwidth and the amount of data to be backed up. Tape and disk backups are still widely used onsite as they provide a reliable and more cost effective way to store important data. These costs can increase when you factor in offsite tape collection and keeping a strong retention of tapes, but can be much cheaper than a cloud solution.

When considering a backup solution, it is also important to factor in how quickly you will need to have access to this data if lost. A cloud backup can give you instant access, but if you haven’t got the bandwidth to restore large amounts of data in a certain time frame, this could cause severe issues for your business productivity. A tape solution is a good idea in situations where you are unable to have the internet connection to match your data, however if you have offsite storage, you should also consider how quickly the tapes can be brought back to the business for restoration. For the quickest method I would recommend using software that provides a backup to disk feature – this is the fastest method to recover data if your tapes are offsite.

WORKSTATION SOLUTIONS

Dropbox – Using 256bit AES encryption, Dropbox is one of the easiest solutions for a quick and effective cloud backup for your workstation. Offering free accounts to users for up to 2GB, Dropbox can be a great way to keep your files backed up in a second place on a daily basis. Accounts can be accessed anywhere on any device and information shared with anyone who may need access to it.

While keeping costs low, a business Dropbox offers the same features on a greater scale, allowing a more fine-tuned storage pool with the ability to set permissions per user, remotely wipe the data and provide a complete audit log to keep track of who is doing what – also having far more storage space.

Druva InSync –Druva is my ‘go-to’ recommendation for laptop users. Filled with useful features for keeping data safely backed up in the cloud, this product has one of the most user-friendly admin panels – making it easier for you to manage your clients’ backups. If you need more than just a laptop backup, modular add-ons can be purchased, unlocking a more extensive set of features for file sharing and analytics. Keep in mind – depending on how much data you are wanting to back up, make sure you have the internet connection to go with it!

SERVER SOLUTIONS

EVault Server Protection –Having all of your server agents under one roof is a great way to keep an eye on multiple client backups. The greatest thing about Evault is its simplicity. Once the agent is installed on the client server, it automatically links with a centralised control panel defined by the admin. It also allows for Granular mail backup/restore and your data is encrypted with 256 AES encryption to keep it secure. A distinct advantage of using EVault is their technical support. Any technical issue you may face, the engineers are based nationally and are always willing to help remotely as fast as possible, in most cases, fixing the issue straight away.

Symantec Backup Exec –Something closer to home is Backup Exec. Symantec were a bit late to the party when it came to supporting Windows Server 2012, causing endless frustration and in some cases, causing people to move on to greener pastures. Backup Exec 2014 is upon us and seems to have made up for Symantec’s lack of efficiency in getting new software to us sooner. Boasting 100% faster backups, BE 2014 has also added third party cloud as a backup feature –  this is of course on top of the traditional disk or tape backups. Block level de-duplication will save you time and space by reducing the amount of data saved to storage. Everyone has a different story when it comes to Backup Exec, in my opinion it’s a great piece of software to consider if you are looking for a reliable backup to disk or tape.

Microsoft DPM –Data Protection Manager can be a tricky piece of software to get running smoothly, but once it does, it has plenty of bragging rights. Offering similar features to Backup exec, DPM is part of Microsoft’s System Centre and is an efficient solution if you are looking to backup your servers, desktops or laptops.  DPM proves its worth with its fast restore capabilities and its sync feature which can be implemented to run every 15 minutes to disk and can also be synced to the cloud.

So that concludes my overview of preferred backup solutions. However, this list is by no means definitive, if you use and recommend a different solution, why not share your experiences below?

Priority One – London IT Support

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Jon Abbott

With more than 15 years experience researching, testing and evaluating the latest technologies, Jon is able to advise clients and readers on how to improve system efficiency and keep up with the latest technology.

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