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					      Today many organisations continue to use
   traditional magnetic tapes to backup, store and
  protect their businesses 'life-blood' or data. Over
     the last several years, Microsoft introduced
    additional supported devices into their popular
freely supplied backup software to enable users to
 leverage removable USB hard disk drives. This is
  an interesting move by Microsoft as traditionally,
  storing data on a hard disk drive has never been
   considered best practice due to the risk of hard
                      disk failure.

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For a small business, the financial investment to implement a tape backup
solution according to best practices incorporating tape rotation, tape
replacement, cleaning can be a financial obstacle too great to overcome and
push SMEs down the route of purchasing several USB hard disks and relying
upon 2 -3 disks to store all their data There is an alternative which has
emerged over recent years which providing you partner wisely can save SMEs
thousands whilst also importantly raising the level of protection of the data
Outlined below is a brief comparison between traditional tape backup versus
online backup Scalability Should your data requirements increase you may be
forced to purchase additional hardware and software grows with you from a
few Gb to many terabytes of data
 Automation Whilst the software used by tape backup is automatic, the
physical loading/unloading of tapes is not Over the course of a year, this can
take up considerable (and expensive) man-hours By comparison, online
backup is completely automatic - the entire process is managed by the client
software and storage platform Security Data is typically stored on tape in an
unencrypted format
 If these tapes are ever moved offsite (which they should be for offsite
protection) there will be a security risk is encrypted using a key known only to
you even before it leaves your computer/server It is fully encrypted whilst
being transmitted over the Internet and remains encrypted on our servers
 Offsite Backups Tape backups require them to be physically moved to an
offsite location - preferably every day This obviously takes time and the
location is rarely secure Online Backup is by its very nature "offsite" and
therefore you data is protected from any number of physical threats
 Level top five online backup of capital expenditure There is a high initial cost
to tape backup solutions All the hardware needs to be purchased along with
associated tapes and cleaning media Staff training costs are also very high
 There are also a number of hidden costs such as weekly testing of the backup
and replacement of hardware With online backup you simply pay for what you
use on a monthly basis Ease of restoration To find even a single file from a
tape backup typically takes many hours and sometimes days
 With online backup this restoration time can be minutes Even with a complete
disaster data can be restored in a few mouse clicks
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