Data backup is perhaps the most important IT procedure for any organization.  Finding the right solution to match your budget and comfort level is the key.

Hard Disk
backup - hddUses: Desktops or Network Environments

  • Affordable and easy to use
  • Portable hard drives can be damaged during transport
  • Rack-mount and Network Attached Storage devices may need additional infrastructure
  • The stability of hard disks over time is not well known
Mini-Storage Devices
backup - flash driveUses: Desktops

  • Common names: solid-state storage, thumb-drive, jump drives, flash drives, CompactFlash, memory stick, smart media, SD cards, etc…
  • Low cost, easy to use and ultra-portable
  • Typically one drive or card has enough memory to back up one average user’s workstation
  • Connects via USB port
  • Easily lost, damaged or stolen
Remote Backup Service
backup - cloudUses: Desktop or Network Environments

  • Time consuming to use for rebuilding a network server or reloading large amounts of data
  • Internet or Cloud-Hosted storage is very flexible and can be purchased based on usage
  • Data is off-site in the case of an emergency
  • Can be very expensive for large amounts of data
  • Initial upload of massive amounts of data can be very time consuming
backup - tapeUses: Network Environments

  • On the market for many years, well known and tested
  • Great for large amounts of data
  • Newer tape drives are reaching speeds close to hard disks
  • Price of other technology coming down makes tape drive purchases a more difficult decision