Data backup appliances: a minor revolution for small businesses
Don’t be scared off by the jargon. “Appliances” are a real technological innovation that can save you time.
Not just turnkey but also all in one, data backup appliances act as a sort of guardian angel for your hard drives by anticipating possible failures, and for your computer equipment by allowing very small to mid-size companies to monitor and manage them (who’s logging in, when, on which workstation) when it comes to data backup. Combining a highly secure hardware integration with advanced software integration, an appliance is a turnkey data backup solution that supports automated backups, both internally (local) and remotely, while remaining completely secure against major risks thanks to a box that can withstand extreme conditions: flood, fire, explosion, and even data theft thanks to features designed to securely encrypt corporate backup data. But wait, there’s more...
These solutions help companies meet their storage requirements caused by the increasing volume of data and files being exchanged. More specifically, they meet the security needs of small and mid-size companies that are ill-equipped, or unequipped, to handle a major computer crash or IT incident. When you store your data on an external hard drive, thinking you have a reasonable backup solution, it’s easy to forget that you’re still dependent on hardware (the external hard drive), and that hardware can fail, or be lost, or stolen, or drowned in three cups of coffee one fateful morning...
The combined technologies of backup appliances allow them to automatically back up data to multiple locations at the same time (locally in the box and remotely in the Cloud), thereby ensuring instant data recovery in the event of an IT incident.
The benefits of a backup appliance: security, time savings, and peace of mind
The biggest benefit is that it provides all the components needed for a backup solution, namely:
- the software and agents to be installed on the servers and workstations being backed up,
- the local storage server needed to host the data backups on site,
- remote storage space (a secondary box or a storage drive in a French cloud meeting the highest Tier IV security standard - useful in case of a major disaster),
... with no danger of compatibility issues between the different components, because the integration ensures that they are all perfectly compatible. The software, which is also scalable, is compatible with any storage volume on the hardware side.
No human resources or skills are required: once the system is configured, it is fully automated—which eliminates the risk of human error—and uses integrated backup software to automatically back up all workstations on the company’s network, even files that are currently open in running applications (!).
No risk of data loss: backups are duplicated across multiple sites (internally and on remote sites that meet the strictest security standards).
An assurance of optimal security:
- Virtually: data are encrypted, preserving the confidentiality of backed up files;
- And physically: the local box is a sort of safe, fire-retardant, waterproof, and anti-theft.
Guaranteed time savings:
- because everything happens automatically,
- if an incident occurs, the backed up data is immediately available, saving countless hours.
In short, as you can see, not only is this a user-friendly solution, all in one and simple to use, but its very competitive pricing won’t break the bank. Interested in learning more about backup appliances?