Data is one of the most valuable commodities a company can possess. The data that a company retains includes everything from customer account details, employee attendance and behavior to your janitor’s bathroom cleaning schedule. In a typical business, it becomes clears that protecting that data is one of the highest priorities you can have.
So you can image I was somewhat bewildered when a client asked me for help with their tape backup recovery process. I was surprised to learn that some companies still use tape backs. When I asked the client why they were still using and old, and mostly unreliable process they stated it was the cheapest method they knew. I then asked them how much money they spend per month on backing their data up. The shocking answer was between $250-$300 per month for tapes and offsite storage. This was a process put in place by their previous employee who is now their consultant. The benefits have included the relatively low-cost of tape and the ability of the system to cope with large storage capacities. Although, tape backup is also slow, and the time taken to back up or restore data pretty lengthy, and even worst – unreliable.
I explained that we have a cloud file storage solution that only cost $49.99 per month for 1 terabyte, (that is 1000 gigabytes). They can easily configure their backup software to send their data to our cloud, which is off-site in multiple data centers. It is an easy and cost-effective way to consolidate their data backup process. As well – retrieval is easy.
Oh – and in case you were wondering, the clients original backup data they were trying to retrieve from their tapes failed. As it turned out the tape the data was supposedly on had been used too many times and was worthless, there was no data on the tape.
If you would like, we provide a Free Technical Assessment, this can be beneficial to new and startup companies that are not sure where to start. You can always find our cloud and hosted services in the right column of this page or by simply going to our website at Raven Cloud Computing