It is difficult to put an exact price tag on data loss and system downtime, it can be as high as thousands of dollars per hour. Why take the risk of data loss and system downtime when BDH Technology can create a solution to protect your data and keep your systems up and running at all times. We can help you determine the best solution for your company. A backup solution will protect your data from hardware failures, security breaches, end users and even natural or man-made disasters. Often a combination of solutions works best to protect against data loss.
Off-Site Remote Storage (Internet/Cloud Backup)
Off-site remote storage is the easiest and usually best solution available. It takes the process out of you or your employees hands and automates the process. The backup runs itself each night and securely copies all of the data you decide needs to be backed up. After everything is backed up a report can be generated and e-mailed indicating if any errors occurred. Your data is then further backed up by copying all of your files to two other remote servers, thus ensuring your data will always be able to be recovered. The data transfer is encrypted and secure, which prevents anyone else from being able to access your important data.
This type of backup protects your company in case of accidental deletion of files, hardware failure and even disasters such as fire. To restore the data you can simply give us a call and we can restore it either by replacing the files on the server or burning CD/DVD's with the information on it.
The cost for this type of backup solution depends on the amount of data stored. You are billed monthly for the total amount of space (per gigabyte) occupied on BDH's servers.
We can build a custom server for you that can backup data from servers, workstations or other networked devices. Backup servers usually have a RAID array of hard drives, which means that two or more hard drives are used so data is constantly backed up to each other. The advantage of RAID is that if one hard drive fails the server is able to run off of the other drive(s) without even restarting. You can still access your data and the failed drive can be replaced at leisure.
There are two types of servers that are normally used for this type of application, Linux servers and Windows servers. Linux servers have the benefit of being cheaper because they don't require individual client licenses, as well as a lot more secure. Windows servers are a lot easier for clients to maintain on their own since everything is presented in a familiar Windows environment.
Backup servers can also be used in additional roles to combine resources such as file servers, e-mail servers, web servers, etc.
External drives provide the benefit of being relatively inexpensive (especially when compared to conventional tape drive solutions) and easily portable. An external hard drive or a USB Flash drive can be used for this type of backup, depending on the amount of data that needs to be backed up. With external drives it is generally a good idea to have two or more drives so that one can be taken off-site and one can be left on-site for the nightly backup.
USB flash drives are normally about the size of a lipstick making them easy to stick in your pocket, on your keyring or in your purse, they also use a non-magnetic storage medium, which means they have no moving parts and are not prone to the same types of failures as conventional hard drives. Flash drives, however, cannot hold as much data as a conventional hard drive, so if you need to backup a lot of data you will want to use an external hard drive.
External hard drives are also a lot more reliable today than they were previously. External hard drives come in all different types of storage sizes, shapes and physical sizes, making it convienent to find a drive that will work for your needs.
While tape drives aren't commonly used any more because of the cheap cost of external hard drives and other on & off site storage systems, they still can be a viable solution for you. Tape backups are a true one-cartridge backup process for individual client PCs, standalone computers, or network servers when high-capacity tape drives and cartridges are used. Anytime multiple tapes or disks must be used to make a backup, the chances of backup failure increase. If you or your company has made previous backup tapes, you must keep a tape drive to access that data or perform a restore from it. Tape backup drives are necessary if you need to restore from previously made backup tapes. If you want an easy media rotation method for preserving multiple full-system backups, tape backup drives are a good choice. In general, tape drives are used where high capacity and high reliability are paramount. They can be expensive initially but are extremely inexpensive when you factor in the low cost of the media over time.
For a price estimate, or more information, you can contact us with information about the solution that you would like.