How to Decide for a Data Backup Provider

How to Decide for a

Data Backup Provider

How to Decide for a Data Backup Provider

Data backup is an essential function for every business. So how do you choose the right backup provider for your organization? Here is a guide to help you decide.

Data backup – the process of copying or archiving files so they can be restored in case of data loss – should be an essential part of any organization’s disaster recovery plan. Yet, research from last year found that almost four million UK businesses could be at risk of losing their data due to inadequate, or even non-existent, backup practices. This is a worrying statistic given that organizations today are generating, gathering and storing greater volumes of data than ever before. If these data are lost, stolen, or compromised, it would greatly impact on their ability to continue operating.

At the same time, legislation such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires businesses to be capable of recalling data at the click of a button, or face a hefty fine – in short, backing data up is a ‘must have’ rather than a ‘nice to have’. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) agrees – advising organizations of all sizes to regularly backup their data to ensure quick recovery in the event of a disaster, and to also protect from ransomware and malware attacks.

For those seeking a backup solution, there are many vendors to choose from, though this can make it difficult for IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) to know which one best meets their needs.

Ensuring You Stay ‘Always On’

So, when it comes to choosing a backup provider, there are two key questions ITDMs must ask. Firstly, does the provider offer a hybrid solution, and secondly, does it help you meet your compliance responsibilities? Let’s take a look at each of those questions in turn.

Hybrid

Check a provider can offer a hybrid solution for storage and backup – this allows you to preserve local storage of important and frequently used data from systems where high availability is needed, while migrating longer-term backups to scalable cloud resource. This makes sure your business-critical systems are ‘always on’, and because a hybrid solution can deal with peaks and troughs of activity, you’ll only pay for the resource you use.

Compliance

Ensure a solution makes it easy to retrieve backed up data in the event of a request to erase or ‘forget’ under GDPR, but that it will not automatically recover deleted data into the live system during a restoration. Just because it might be ‘technically difficult’ there’s no excuse to contravene the rules – so ask potential providers these questions to ensure you satisfy GDPR requirements.

How SoftwareONE Can Help

We work with many backup and storage providers and can help you ask the right questions to ensure the lifeblood of the modern organization – your data – remains secure, accessible and compliant.  Our BackupSimple Service is secure, scalable, comprehensive and affordable.

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Sanjay Miyanger

Sanjay Miyanger

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