Accomplishing Business Backup
A business’ data and files are usually backed up on a server on a daily basis where the information is expected to remain safe. Due to hard drive failure rates, IT admins are almost required to rely on RAID arrays and other solutions for redundancy and data protection. Indeed, solid backup strategies are required to safeguard data against disasters, human error, digital vermin, intentional damage or just bad luck. Data loss doesn’t happen often, but when the day comes, you better be prepared.
The Importance of Backup is Under-Emphasized
Needless to say, data backups are critical, whether in a business environment or at home, and while it’s obvious that workable copies of your key data are essential, too many people do not consider all the variables that have an impact on backups. Many tend to look at cost and capacity first, although solid backup strategies are based mostly on reliability and the restore process.
Capacity is clearly an issue as increasing amounts of data to store and archive mean more time is required for storage. For example, are regularly-scheduled backups done on a nightly basis sufficient?
Clearly, backup has to start with a solid analysis of your requirements, followed by a forecast of future storage needs. Then you can go ahead and look at solutions that fit your demands and budget.
Iomega and Quantum to the Rescue
We looked around and found two backup solutions that might not be capable of storing huge amounts of data, but they were designed to address backup requirements medium capacities in the small business segment. Iomega introduced its REV drive in 2004, but offers a modernized version today. The Quantum GoVault is based on similar cartridges, reaching slightly higher capacities. Unlike traditional business backup solutions, which are often based on tape technology, Iomega and Quantum rely on hard drives, or at the least very, similar technology.