In part one of this series we discussed the unique features and benefits of Cloud Storage. In this posting we are going to talk about an important data backup and recovery solution which relies upon the use of cloud storage called cloud-based Backup, Recovery and Restore (“BURR”).
At first, many people might be tempted to ask, isn’t BURR pretty much the same thing as cloud storage? After all, some backup software can write or backup directly to cloud storage and it can then also be recovered and restored from that cloud. Clearly, the mechanism is similar, but the expertise and services required to support BURR is very different. For example, while your storage provider may enable cloud-based storage solutions for your business, they may not be able to assist you in the recovery of your data after a disaster. Furthermore, because of regulatory requirements in many industries such as the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) Publication 140-2 which mandates backup compliance in the financial services sector, your business will likely have greater considerations than just needing “bulk” storage.
What is Cloud BURR?
BURR is a cloud-based application that backs up data in multiple locations – typically in the cloud as well as locally. The cloud component can be located in an organization’s secure data center or at one provided by an IaaS vendor like Data Storage Corporation where all the data from the organization is stored. For local backup, onsite systems are designed to capture only the most recent “hot” data which will help the company recover its needed data more quickly and efficiently. The backups stored in the cloud are for recovering data from less recent backups (or most recent for those sites without local backup storage), disaster recovery scenarios or for recovering data to a completely different location.
The key takeaway here is that BURR provides a full array of backup solutions including the necessary software, backup services, appliances (virtual or physical hardware), storage, recovery and restore services and Disaster Recovery (DR), all located offsite for additional protection and redundancy.
Finally, although cloud storage and cloud BURR are sometimes priced as a function of dollars per gigabyte, per month, cloud BURR services are often significantly more costly. This cost is easily justified when one considers the added scope of services provided by BURR, and the consultative expertise needed to protect the organization’s data while remaining in compliance with mandated policies and regulatory requirements.
Whether your organization is looking to increase storage capacity without the capital expense of new storage hardware or is looking for a fully integrated data protection solution, Data Storage Corporation is the right partner for you. With more than 10 years of dedicated expertise in meeting the unique needs of organizations in healthcare, banking & finance, manufacturing, construction, education or government, we can help your organization tap into the power of the cloud to reduce storage costs, improve data availability and provide business continuity should a disaster occur. For information on Data Storage Corporation services and solutions, give us a call at 212.564.4922.