No backup is 100% fool proof. It’s rare, but occasionally backed up data can become corrupted and then a backup solution ends up backing up the corrupted data and the data is not accessible. The best a company can do is become diligent in choosing the least problematic solution which includes performing periodic test restoration.
Would you like a scary statistic? The average failure rate of tape drives is near 100%. Consider in the course of a year the amount of power failures, equipment failures and human errors that occur in your office. Now factor in that 9 times out of 10 the company that lost data actually had a backup system only to discover it failed when it was needed most. It only takes one surge break or incorrect keystroke to lose valuable data that can't be replaced.
When instituting a backup strategy, there are several factors to consider before choosing a method. These factors can help businesses determine whether an online backup solution such as ASG Information Technologies e-Vault Managed Backup Service would be more secure, cost effective and reliable than portable media backup, such as tape, for their organization.
With portable media such as tapes, CD’s floppy disks, you run several risks. Tapes and disks are infamously failure-prone and are susceptible to damage by the environment and improper handling. When there is a need to recover the files, many times portable media fails. According to Microsoft, 42% of attempted recoveries from tape backups in the past year have failed. Although pen drives are reliable, they are easily misplaced or even lost.
Generally, tape drives cost from hundreds up to thousands of dollars; most tapes rage from $25 to $50 each and most businesses will cycle through several tapes each week.You also have training costs in order for employees to operate the hardware, software. Human error of remembering to change the tapes is also a cost factor. Companies must also consider potential financial loss in the event they experience a data loss. Since recovery rates for online backup are significantly higher in terms of file restoration success and time spent to restore those files, this method could save an organization a considerable amount of money when disaster strikes. When hard drives fail and data isn't easily retrieved, the cost of a data restoration company and cost of shipping drives can be in the thousands of dollars.
Tape backups are time consuming. It takes hours of productivity backing up entire sets. They are very inefficient and become increasingly expensive and difficult to manage through the data lifecycles. Online backup is easy to set up and monitor, easy to restore, and mostly a hands-free backup solution.
With a plethora of different backup options available today, it can be difficult to decipher which one will work best for your home or business. Online backups have become the most sought after form of protecting data. Our online backup solution is affordable and a practical solution for companies and it offers immediate benefits over traditional tape backups:
ASG’s e-Vault Managed Backup Service provides our customers the most comprehensive backup protection that is reliable, cost effective and easy to use.