Tape Backup and Disaster Recovery Just Don’t Mix

This isn’t going to be a finger-wagging post, but let’s look at some jaw dropping stats.

A 2016 study of 400 IT professionals found that many organizations are still using an outdated approach to backup and disaster recovery.  This includes 36% of respondents who do not perform data backups at all and 44% of respondents who still rely on external drives (like tape) for their backup needs.  I’m not going waste my time on the 36% — they’re sitting ducks for ransomware and will likely suffer significant downtime with any sort or server or site-wide failure.

I do want to speak to the 44%.  I know there’s a subset of folks within this group that are salvageable. To this group, let me share the story of CenCal Health – a company squarely in the 44% crowd.

CenCal Health needed a modern backup solution that would centralize all their data with one solution. In light of ever-looming ransomware attacks, the ability to have fast failover was also a critical consideration. CenCal needed the Windows solution to protect all the key applications running in a mixed (physical and virtual) environment — including MS Exchange and SQL databases. They also required the data to be encrypted, both in transit and at rest, for HIPAA compliance. Another key requirement, given their history with tape backups, was the ability to meet more stringent RTO standards, measured in minutes, not days.

CenCal Health recently made the move to DRaaS and hasn’t looked back.  Check out the table below and their case study at www.infrascale.com.

DRaaS enables organizations of every shape and size benefit from near-instant data recovery – the type of high availability historically reserved for the largest of enterprises. And organizations like CenCal Health can leapfrog from antiquated tape backups to an industry-leading failover solution – quickly, securely and affordably.

As noted in last year’s post, “Is DRaaS the Next Leapfrogging Technology?” (Nov 2016), tape backup still has its place, but the use cases are dwindling. Tape backups still suffer from media corruption, inaccessibility, and slow recovery times.

With today’s increased threat of ransomware and cost of downtime, tape backup becomes an impractical, outdated and risky form of disaster recovery. IT professionals who are increasingly embracing the cloud and virtualization must now embrace these same technologies to protect their organizations from modern threats with always-on availability and business ccontinuity.

What’s your data protection plan of choice? Email us at team@infrascale.com to weigh in, we look forward to hearing from you.

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