By Alex Eiriksson, COO at SecurStore Online Backup
August 27, 2010

SecurStore Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Optimizing Enterprise-Wide Backup Strategies

Data continues to grow at an exponential rate, and enterprises scramble to accommodate this growth based on incomplete information and throttled visibility. Without clear visibility into the storage environment, organizations struggle to manage current storage needs and anticipate future growth, resulting in overspending and missed service levels. Intelligent data backup and recovery practices are an important part of most business.

Dependable enterprise wide backup solutions are made to ensure that data protection and effective restoration of important data in the event of a disaster is carried out in a swift and efficient manner. Organizations are still depending on out-of-date systems, or in some cases, nothing at all to secure their data. Their information, and therefore their businesses, is at risk.

With the volume of attacks faced by enterprises increasing every day, data security has become more challenging than ever. Sophisticated attacks aimed at stealing information have increased the need for enterprises to have multiple layers of data-protection. Protecting data becomes even harder in light of the heightened use of mobile devices, such as laptops, phones, and personal digital assistants (PDAs).

As organizations grow and use more data, the need for a solution that can provide complete enterprise coverage, along with persistent data protection, becomes a requirement. An enterprise backup solution must be scalable, meet performance requirements, and provide excellent vendor support. In addition, it must support backup of all platforms on which the enterprise’s mission-critical data is stored.

The main function of enterprise storage management is to back up and restore information in an intelligent, secure, timely, cost-effective manner over all enterprise-wide operating systems. Organizations call for superior backup and the power to back up data to local media devices, without network traffic. While the data itself may be used across the enterprise, it’s indexing and command must be centralized.

The arrival of network-attached storage and dedicated file servers makes storage management more challenging. The current practice for all storage management vendors is to adapt their architecture to the operating systems they support. The result is an implementation with layers of OS dependencies that require the user to change workflow and make concessions to departmental systems in the enterprise.

Storage optimization and management helps improve the efficiency of your storage environment through 24×7 monitoring, real-time reports and the option to have your storage environment completely taken care of. The enterprise data and security optimization offering can help you benefit from reduced risk of loss of confidential business information through persistent, embedded encryption and access control; encryption of folders and entire storage volumes; centralized management of user certificates; and advanced backup and restore capabilities for Windows file servers.

With Enterprise-wide Backup solutions, companies will have faster backup and more reliable recoveries. For companies with remote offices, the burden of backup and recovery is removed from the non-IT-savvy staff and moved to the central data center where the expertise resides. The service can be deployed quickly for rapid access and results. And, with flexible deployment options, you can tailor fit the service to the needs and capabilities of your IT organization.

SecurStore provides a bespoke off-site backup solution catered for customers who have both mission critical data and non-critical data i.e. it provides customers with a secure & efficient backup and recovery solution, which is sustainable over time. This coupled with agentless technology and advanced support for all environments and applications makes it suitable for any type of business, data centre provider or reseller.

About the Author: Alex Eiriksson is the COO of SecurStore, an Asigra based cloud backup provider certified by British Standards Institute for ISO 27001 and ANAB. Established in 1991, SecurStore provides businesses and enterprise customers a technically advanced solution in UK, Europe, USA, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

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