Reliable offsite data backup and restoral is essential to respond quickly to potential disruptions. Whether online data is compromised by Ransomware or something else, the ability to recover a current clean copy is the key to minimizing costly business interruptions.
Backup as a Service (BaaS) is popular for organizations looking to ensure they can recover critical data quickly. Service providers employ software-based tools to automatically copy production data at predefined intervals. Data is often encrypted as copies are sent to one or more remote storage sites. Tests are performed to verify that a backup copy has been successfully completed. Then, if needed, the backup can be restored to resume normal operations.
There are many options for offsite data backup services in Connecticut. When evaluating different services, we recommend checking to see if the following three criteria are met.
- Data backup services should be full featured, easy to use, and cost-effective
- The service provider should have sufficient IT infrastructure to meet the client’s requirements
- Technical support should be available to address specific challenges
Powerful Backup Software Works Well and is Affordable
CAPS has been delivering offsite data backup services for years using several different tools. For the past few years, we have been using Veeam’s Availability Suite software. Our engineers are impressed with the software’s versatility and with its ease of use. With Veeam we can configure a backup solution tailored to our client’s unique requirements. The software handles most environments and includes the ability to restore data on a granular level, i.e. for an individual Virtual Machine or file. Training is straight forward so clients get up to speed quickly. Also, the Veeam solution is cost-effective.
Multiple Data Centers for Backup with Optimal Physical Separation
The IT infrastructure available from suppliers of BaaS in Connecticut varies from one provider to the next. Some have a single data center. Those with multiple data centers can architect a variety of offsite backup alternatives with primary and secondary backup sites.
In cases where a service provider has multiple data centers, the physical separation between data centers is important to consider. For example, one Connecticut provider has two data centers located about ten miles apart. This is a concern because a disaster that affects one data center will probably affect the other.
Another Connecticut service provider has a secondary data center more than 1,000 miles away. This great distance increases both network and travel costs. Greater distance between data centers also increases the time it can take to create remote backups.
CAPS believes the physical separation of its three data centers across the metropolitan New York region is ideal. The CAPS data center in Shelton, CT is about 67 miles from our data center in New York and about 120 miles from our data center in New Jersey.
Knowledgeable Support Willing to Address Unique Needs
Larger data backup service providers usually do not provide much individualized support to clients. Smaller service providers may not have the resources to tailor customized backup solutions. A mid-sized BaaS provider, such as CAPS, can deliver individualized data backup and recovery services.
There are many different providers of offsite data backup services in Connecticut. With a little research you should be able to find the one that is just right for your organization.