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Tape no longer a reliable option for IT managers seeking to eliminate single point of failure

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According to a recent US survey from Acronis conducted by Redmond Magazine, 60% of organisations recognise the dangers of maintaining just one form of backup, and are looking to the cloud to eliminate a single point of failure.

Nearly a quarter already back up to the cloud as a secure off-site solution.

Organisations are seeking more secure data protection solutions with at least 75% of survey respondents having experienced tape failure in the last year, and 22% seeing the phase out of legacy backups as a future challenge.

The cloud is being considered by IT departments as a highly beneficial off-site storage solution to resolve such issues, with 43% of survey respondents citing the extra layer of data protection as the primary benefit of cloud, while 24% were most attracted to the underlying cost savings.

Scott Crenshaw, Acronis senior vice president of strategy and CMO expressed his surprise that organisations would still be relying on a single point of failure when staging to cloud can provide the simple added layer of protection that they need. Old tape options, still in use by many organisations are fast losing their reputation as an effective technology, with tolerance for downtime reaching near-zero.

He added that forward-looking IT organisations should be thinking ‘cloud first’ when assessing effective recovery strategies.

Acronis recommends a 3-2-1 backup strategy for organisations to avoid a single point of failure and ensure data protection:

  • Keep three copies of data: one primary and two backups
  • Store backups on two types of media
  • Keep one copy of data off-site
The cloud clearly plays an essential role in the 3-2-1 strategy as a highly secure and cost-effective off-site data storage solution. Organisations must focus on integrating personal devices into their backup strategy to ensure availability, accessibility and protection of data, regardless of its location.

However, companies must also incorporate personal device backup and protection in order to develop a truly comprehensive data protection strategy. Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) remains an obstacle for IT departments, with 25% of the respondents viewing personal device integration as their biggest backup and data recovery challenge. Though the cloud is becoming an increasingly viable form of off-site backup, 65% of organisations admit to not backing up personal devices to the cloud.

Scott Crenshaw concludes that protecting personal devices cannot be a grey area in a data protection strategy, which is only tested and maintained for data on desktop or corporate laptops. CEOs, who are some of the biggest users of the personal iPad for business, need to be sure their data is safe.

This feature is presented by Ferret - www.ferret.com.au.

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