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Craig Deutsher
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Time and time again we hear of how the world is becoming increasingly virtual. Nowadays you can do almost anything online. So what does this have to do with backup and recovery services especially backing up to multiple locations you might ask – well in a way, everything. The rise of the virtual workplace is leading to a greater and greater demand for online backup and cloud storage. Increasing numbers of companies are turning to cloud computing to leverage the needs of the virtual workplace and the volume of data that goes along with it.

Now the only thing left for businesses to do is to decide which solution is best for their employees and business needs. The following will look at backing up to multiple locations as a backup and recovery solution and what makes it a good choice for your specific business needs as well as other deciding factors.

Multiple data centre backup

With that said, these days there are various offsite solutions available on the market and knowing which one is right for your organisation is becoming increasingly important. Multiple location backup consists of retrieving data from your company’s servers and computers and storing it in an encrypted format in an on-site vault. The data is then replicated and transferred over a broadband Internet connection to one or more remote off site vaults.
Businesses with multiple office locations need a unified data protection platform. Multiple data centre backup is the answer.

These offsite vaults then collect backup data from the on-site vaults, consequently storing and replicating backup sets between the two data centre sites. During the entire backup process, data is retrieved and stored in encrypted format on the on-site vault and any data that is transferred is also encrypted providing extra security. In the case of emergency data retrieval, data can be retrieved from the on-site vault at any time via the Internet from a data centre vault. Due to this, multi-location backups guarantee quick data retrieval as data is stored with minimum downtime ensuring you get back to business without any prolonged delay.

The Advantages

The benefits are endless. For one, with more than one data center backup you gain all the advantages of an on-site backup (such as very fast backups) plus the added security of replicating important data to secure and certified offsite data centres.

The multi-data centre backup solution essentially mitigates against any potential loss of a primary data centre or infrastructure failure. It provides another layer of protection that in the case something was to fail in the primary backup, a secondary backup is available. Not forgetting you would need a failure of 4 locations to lose your entire data set. This is a loss of the customers server, the onsite vault, the primary data centre and the secondary. The chances of all 4 of these failing at the one time is just about m.,nimal and would really indicate a more significant issue and backup is probably the last thing you would need to worry about.

You will also never have to worry about running out of storage as it can be easily scaled up to accommodate as much data as the customer needs to store. What’s more is that multiple location backup solutions are easy to implement, monitor and control as service providers do the work for you. The data is centralised and managed from a single platform ensuring all you have to do is sit back and relax as your business protection standards are taken care of for you. Multiple location backup essentially ensures you have complete security assurance that your data will never be lost, and that you will have complete transparency over all of your backups.

Backing up to multiple locations is additionally beneficial for businesses with multiple office locations as it allows for geographical separation of the backup, now as each backup runs, your data is automatically transmitted many 100’s of kilometres away. This is near impossible with tape, you would need to  take the tape once complete, make a copy of it, store it offsite, then put the second copy on a plane and send it away to another location. You then have security issues to worry about as you have tapes located in many locations.

A final advantage of multi-site backup is that data is backed up to a secondary location at no additional network cost to the customer. What this means is the customer can send data offsite once, and have it replicated outside of their network to another location. The service provider is responsible for this transmission.

Is it right for your business needs?

Businesses that would typically use this option are predominantly organisations with multiple office locations that want a unified data protection platform for all. Data from different locations are stored in one or more data centre backup vaults.

Moreover, business proprietary laws today, more than ever, require you to have a digital copy of sensitive materials and critical documents, records and files among other regulatory demands that often come hand in hand with operating internationally and from multiple locations. Backing up your data in the cloud in multiple locations is one way to fall in line with this compliance. You could save yourself extensive money in the long run by avoiding possible lawsuits or penalties.

The bottom line

Now that we have looked into the advantages of multiple location backup and introduced you to some of the types of companies that decide on this service, here are some points you should consider if you are evaluating this type of backup for your business. Multiple location backup is one of the most redundant backup strategies available. If your business is in an industry (healthcare, professional services, government sector, IT, science and research) that manages large amounts of critical data that if lost would be disastrous to your company, then multiple location backup is for you.

Your data is essentially bulletproofed against any possible loss. Not protecting it as best as you can would not fall into the category of “best business practices” per say and it could even be called irresponsible not to backup such critical data to the highest degree possible. Its loss could be crippling, so why take the risk? If you’re already looking into the added security that only multiple location backup can bring, then you might as well go for the best option available. It pays off.

The world is plowing ahead into the adobes of the virtual phenomenon and likewise reaping the benefits.  Backup and recovery services are not ones to be left behind. Ensure your business is ahead of the game and elicit the best data loss protection available. You won’t regret it and your business will only stand to gain from the investment.

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About Craig Deutsher

Craig Deutsher
Craig is the backbone of LiveBackup. He has over 15 years of achievements within the IT industry, with proven ability to motivate teams, grow product lines resolve challenging and complex problems. His specialties include cloud backup and storage, IT consulting and management. Craig holds many industry certifications.