Where your vital business data is concerned, not just any backup solution will do.

A decade ago, data backup was simple – copy files to a disk or backup to tape and all was well. You were protected should anything go wrong with a workstation or server. Or so you thought. These methods weren’t exactly foolproof and were libel to fail as often as they functioned.

Today, we have a lot more data to worry about. Research predicts that there will be 40zb of data on the planet by 2020, necessitating a better approach to the way we manage and store the files that matter most to our businesses. And as businesses learn to better analyze data, that data becomes much more valuable.

This increase in data and data reliance has led to more ways to back that data up. But not all backup is created equal. Having the right backup solution in place can have a huge impact on your business, which makes choosing the perfect option critical.

What Do Today’s Data Backup Options Look Like?

There are several different data backup options available to today’s businesses, each with their own strengths and limitations.

  • File-Based Backups – These backups allow for specific files or folders to be saved as needed. You are able to easily restore individual files as needed as well. Complete file restores are possible, but most file-based restoration software can handle only one file at a time. As a result, the process is frustratingly time-consuming.
  • Image-Based Backups – These backups take a picture of entire machines, capturing much more data at once than file-based backups. Using image-based backups, you can restore individual files, do bare metal restores, verify images, boot virtual machines, and even run remote offices. Because they contain a more extensive data picture, full restores are much faster and much more reliable.
  • Agentless Backups – These backups do not require any software to be installed on the machine you want to protect. That being said, the backup process can be made more efficient by installing a Backup Agent. A Backup Agent can monitor sector level changes in the machine’s drive. This lets the backup process know exactly which sectors to pull, resulting in a low load on the protected machine during backup and helping to avoid system slowdowns.

This third option is the one favored by One Source Imaging Solutions, and our agent has one additional advantage – it has two backup engines. If one engine fails, the other kicks in automatically, improving the chances of capturing a healthy backup. This extra coverage allows us to offer you a more reliable and robust data backup service.

Because what good is a backup if it’s flawed?

Local backup solutions, for example, save data to an on-site device. These local-only backups can be quick and easy to complete, but relying solely on local storage can be dangerous. If your office is flooded or otherwise damaged, there goes your only backup.

Direct-to-Cloud backup solutions move away from this issue by sending data to a secure off-site location. However, transferring data to and from the cloud is dependent on bandwidth speed, so it can be slower to complete than local backups. What it lacks in efficiency it makes up for in security, since having your backup in the cloud can be your salvation in a disaster scenario.

That brings us to Hybrid Cloud solutions. A Hybrid Cloud solution combines the best of both worlds – local and cloud. This solution is less dependent on bandwidth speed and can schedule transfers without the risk of having no backup data. Your business can be up and running from a local backup in seconds, and you can also count on off-site backup should the need arise.

The fastest and most complete backup and recovery solution is one that adopts an image-based approach, employs dual backup agents, and provides a Hybrid Cloud model. By offering a recovery solution to deal with any potential disaster scenario and providing the tools and support needed to restore files quickly, your business can avoid costly downtime. When the worst happens, all that matters is your ability to get your operations back to normal as fast as possible.

The longer you’re forced to spend fighting to restore your files from a slow or unreliable backup source, the more of an impact a data loss incident will have on your productivity and profitability. Working with an IT support provider with hands-on experience with data backup and recovery can help make the recovery process that much smoother and less stressful. As with any other aspect of your business technology, the more expertise you have on your side, the more you will get out of your solutions.

Ready to find a data backup and recovery solution that meets all of your business’ needs? Contact One Source Imaging Solutions at (800) 875-8843 or ITsolutions@osisIT.com, and speak with one of our data specialists today.