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What's the best storage for your backup?
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What’s the best storage for your backup?

In the IT world, how we talk about storage can be in a variety of contexts. Storage is both a qualifier and a quantifier, in that it can be both a type and a quantity. You may speak of your brand of storage appliance(s) or devices, the type of disk, or the amount of disk space available. For example, ‘this Dell server has 400GB of flash disk space and 4TB of SAS’ indicates two different sizes and types of disk storage. However, over the last 10 years, storage has become more and more of a commodity item, with many manufacturers offering similar features. Budget-conscientious buyers often look for the best deal and are not as concerned with keeping homogeneous storage brands in the infrastructure.

What if I utilize multiple storage types?

Mixing storage types and brands is increasingly common, but this can present challenges when considering the protection of the data residing across it. Most storage manufacturers offer some sort of data protection, backup, or snapshot (not a backup!) functionality, which obviously will not work with other brands of hardware. Some storage companies even have their own cloud storage offering as a selling point, but again, unless you are homogeneous with your hardware, this is not an overall solution.

How does cloud storage factor in?

When you think about ‘cloud’ and cloud storage, the same options generally apply; hot/cold, online/offline/near-online storage types with performance tolerances and then how much space is required. You normally are not specifying a brand, nor are you typically given a choice. Billing usually occurs according to the amount of data kept on which type of storage and may incur additional charges for any type of performance or quantity ‘overages.’

Virtualization and the abstraction of specific hardware has really made all of this possible and given much flexibility to the consumer. Software providers like Veeam make it their business to handle the protection aspect. Veeam has always been hardware-agnostic while offering specific integrations with hardware providers in recent years. Veeam also enables Global Data Vault to provide Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) to customers. No matter the storage or its location, Global Data Vault offers a comprehensive DR solution at a fair and transparent cost.

What about compliance?

Compliance issues are considerations for storage as well. Compliance requirements such as HIPAA are actually guidelines that must be followed, or measures put in place, by the cloud provider. Storage manufacturers do not sell ‘HIPAA-compliant storage,’ so consumers must understand compliance levels when choosing cloud storage.
As we mentioned before, some cloud storage options may come with hidden costs, or costs that appear—ironically–when you actually use the storage the most. Getting data in and out of that storage—network bandwidth or throughput—may also mean additional costs. At Global Data Vault, we believe in a straightforward, easy-to-understand billing method. We base our services on protected data, or the amount of data you have that we will protect, and it won’t be affected by the number of support calls, restores, or recoveries.
Questions? Contact Global Data Vault sales today!

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