IT Talk – Tired of Tape Backups? With Disk-Based Backup, We Have Got Your Back

When it comes to backing up data, magnetic tape gets more use than any other media. It saves money, and it has been around longer than practically any other digital media. But it has its drawbacks.

For one thing, restoring data from magnetic tape backups can be a time-consuming chore. Just like a cassette tape, you may have to rewind almost the entire tape to reach the data you need.

Chances are your organization has a lot more data to back up than in the past. As the amount of data grows, magnetic tape backups are becoming less convenient.

Worse still, magnetic tape backups don't always survive long years of storage. Tape can break, or suffer damage from heat and humidity. Dirty tape heads can interfere with backup and restoration. In fact, some sources estimate that tape restorations undergo at least partial failure 25% to 50% of the time. Furthermore, magnetic tapes have a limited usage period and need to be removed from rotation every 12 to 24 months, and replacement tapes need to be purchased and added to the rotation.

In contrast, disks hold up a lot better. Their sealed casing protects them from the environment, and they aren't as vulnerable to mechanical issues such as tension or the condition of tape heads.

The other huge advantage for disk-based backup is that a crashed server can be recreated (virtualized) on the backup server itself. Put another way, in the event of a total server crash, we can immediately restore a working copy of the old server to the backup device. In the case of complete hardware failure, this reduces downtime from several days to several hours.

For all these reasons, it makes sense for some clients to go with a disk-based backup system. Our solution, Dependable SafeSTOR Advanced(TM), or DSSA, sends an encrypted copy of the backed up data to our data centers in Phoenix and Baltimore. This dual location prevents the need to "shuttle" tapes or disks off site in case of a fire or other disaster.

Unlike tapes, DSSA uses an "incremental forever" technology. We can recover data as it looked 5 hrs, 5 days, 5 months or a year ago.

Contact us at (818) 541-9195 to find out more about this system. For a quick demo of the solution, click here. (May take up to 15 seconds to load depending on your internet connection speed).

About Brent Whitfield

Brent Whitfield is CEO of DCG Technical Solutions, Inc., which provides IT Support in the Los Angeles area since 1993. DCG exists to help our clients choose, implement, and manage IT and cloud solutions that are cost effective and reliable. DCG's pro-active approach to IT is ideally suited for companies who depend on reliable IT infrastructure, but don't want to spend a lot of money to keep it that way. DCG was recognized among the Top 10 Fastest Growing MSPs in North America by MSP Mentor. Brent has been featured in Fast Company, CNBC, Network Computing, Reuters, and Yahoo Business.

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