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Monday, July 19, 2010

Data Backup and Recovery

You can never be too careful when dealing with data that needs to stay safe and secure, but also at your fingertips in the office. What happens if your computers crash or if someone breaks in and steals equipment from your office? Where is that data going to end up in the long run? In the hands of some hacker that is going to find every way in the book to use that information to not only steal from you, but from your loyal customer base as well? It has been published that 70% of businesses that suffer a serious data loss are out of business within just 2 years… You don’t want that to be you, right?

So, what can you do to protect this ever important data from being lost or stolen from your office? You can certainly handle it yourself… Taking care of data backup the “old school” way – using tapes that need to be changed out sometimes several times in a day. You have to assign someone to handle the upkeep of the tapes so you are sure that you aren’t losing any data along the way. Then, there is the storage issue. Where do you keep them? Offsite - so they are perhaps safer, but then it will take longer to retrieve the data if your system goes down. You could keep them onsite, but that kind of defeats the purpose in terms of safety if there is a break in.

I would propose that you find a solution that would store all of the data for you both onsite and offsite. It should be an automatic storage system so you don’t have to worry about changing tapes. There should be ample storage and you should have the option of longer term data retention – maybe even up to a year? This should all be affordable and should provide you with a minimum amount of time that you have to live without critical information in your office.

Great news! Just such a solution exists! Phones Plus has recently partnered with Do IT Smarter, a company that specializes in data backup and recovery with several options that can limit your downtime to just minutes by using a virtual server. They will manage your data backup for you and you can store your data for up to a year using this solution. I have attached the specs for their different solutions and for more information you should contact Phones Plus at 262-784-2311. Thank you and have a great week!

Sorry, the excel sheet doesn't lend itself to a blog post - for a better copy, please get in touch and I will be happy to e-mail it to you so it makes more sense.

Aurora Series

A150 A500 A1000 A2000 A3000 A5000 A10000

Storage Capacity 150GB 500GB 1TB 2TB 3TB 5TB 10TB

Storage Configuration 1x 500 GB HD 1x 1TB HD 2x 1 TB RAID 1, 1 TB OS Drive 3x 1 TB RAID 5, 1 TB OS Drive 6x 1 TB RAID 10, 1 TB OS Drive 10x 1 TB RAID 10, 1 TB OS Drive 12x 1 TB RAID 6, 1 TB RAID 1 OS Drive

Processor 2.8 Ghz 64 Bit, AMD Dual Core 2.8 Ghz 64 Bit, AMD Dual Core 2.8 Ghz 64 Bit, AMD Quad Core 2.8 Ghz 64 Bit, Intel Quad Core 2.8 Ghz 64 Bit, Intel Quad Core 2 X 2.6 Ghz 64 Bit, Intel Quad Core 2 X 2.6 Ghz 64 Bit, Intel Quad Core

Memory 4GB 8GB 8GB 12GB 16GB 24GB 36GB

Gigabit Ethernet 1 2 2 2 4 4 4

Form Factor MicroATX Tower MicroATX Tower MicroATX Tower 2U Rack Mount 2U Rack Mount 3U Rack Mount 3U Rack Mount

# of machines that can be backud up 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

Simultanious VMs 1 2-3 2-3 3-6 4-8 8-12 8-12

Server Licenses included 1 2 2 2 4 6 6

G & Z Series

G/Z 250 Z 500 GR/ZR 500 Z 1000 GR / ZR 1000

Storage Capacity 250 GB 500 GB 500 GB 1TB 1TB

Storage Configuration 1x 250GB 1x 500GB 2x 500GB RAID 1 1x 1TB 2x 1TB RAID 1

Processor 1.5 Ghz VIA 1.5 Ghz VIA 1.5 Ghz VIA 1.5 Ghz VIA 1.5 Ghz VIA

Memory 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB 1GB

Gigabit Ethernet 2 Ports 2 Ports 2 Ports 2 Ports 2 Ports

Form Factor Mini ITX Mini ITX Mini ITX Mini ITX Mini ITX

GX Series

GX2000 GX3000 GX4000 GX5000

Storage Capacity 2TB 3TB 4TB 5TB

Storage Configuration 3x 1TB RAID 5 4x 1TB RAID 5 5x 1TB RAID 5 6x 1TB RAID 5

Processor Dual 2.6 Ghz Dual 2.6 Ghz Dual 2.6 Ghz Dual 2.6 Ghz

Memory 2GB 2GB 4GB 4GB

Gigabit Ethernet 3 Ports 3 Ports 4 Ports 4 Ports

Form Factor 2U Rack Mount 2U Rack Mount 2U Rack Mount 2U Rack Mount

Product Comparison

G Series GX Series Z Series Aurora Series

On-Site Backup √ √ √ √

Off-Site Backup √ √ √ √

Windows Domain Support √ √ √ √

Free US Based Technical Support √ √ √ √

3 Year Hardware Warranty √ √ √ √

No Incidental Fees √ √ √ √

No Recovery Fees √ √ √ √

FTP Access to Off-Site Data √ √ √ √

Centralized Management Console √ √ √ √

Free Roundtrip Seed Drive √ √ √ √

Free Data Recovery Service √ √ √ √

Point to Point Replication Optional Optional Optional Optional

1 Year Off-Site Daily Data Archiving √ √

Bare Metal Restore Capable Optional Optional Optional √

Installation Service Optional Optional Optional Optional

Daily Monitoring and Management Optional Optional Optional √

Secure Linux Based OS √ √ √

On-Site Virtualization Capabilities √

Off-Site Virtualization Capabilities √

Instant Virtualization √

Exchange Message Level Recovery √

Data Deduplication √

Granular Sharepoint Recovery √

Advanced Off-Site Image Verification √

Unattended Virtualization √

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