To hybrid or not to… don’t worry we have both covered!

To hybrid or not to… don’t worry we have both covered!

14th February 2017 Security

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Brigantia has always moved with the times, leading the channel towards the future by providing partners with an innovative range of services and solutions that have enabled them to remain competitive and current. I have written recently over the past few months about how the last few years has been a cybersecurity turning-point in terms of the increase in successful attacks on businesses and an increase in the risk of ransomware. The importance of data security has never been higher. Data backup has been around for decades now, with the gradual movement towards the cloud and improvements in technology changing the way that it is managed. But how has the increase in the importance of security changed the world of backup in the last few years and what is the correct solution to use in the current climate? This is to provide a simplistic overview of the pros and cons of different methods of backup.

The number one rule as an MSP is to ensure that company data, whether that be yours or your customers, is secure. I often speak to partners about their backup solutions – partners have very different setups depending on their size, customer base and personal preference. For the most part, I always recommend that there should be more than one option available to customers so that a solution can be offered dependant on customer need. Backup is not a one size fits all job.

Brigantia has always been deeply involved in backup, but more recently have added another tool to the box – Data Deposit Box – that adds a ‘hybrid’ option for partners who require the speed and physicality of local storage as well as the flexibility and technology of cloud storage. Historically, the decision of which service to offer has come down to either personal experience, price or demand of the respective customer. However, given how competitive backup has become in the channel and as a deeply commoditised technology, it is really important to take a step back at the market and assess the pros and cons of both options (cloud and local).

Cloud storage has taken the channel by storm in the last five or so years, with nearly every MSP and VAR adding a cloud solution to their offering, of one sort or another… But what are the fundamental advantages?

Cloud Storage Advantages

  • Cost effectiveness – because all of the maintenance is carried out by the providers and any issues are dealt with as a service, cloud storage is very simple and cost effective to maintain.
  • Flexibility – The backed-up data is always there ready and waiting, often from a quick and easy to use management portal. It can also be accessed from different machines, virtually or locally.
  • Scalability – As and when you need additional backup space, it can be as easy as requesting additional storage or even letting it just gradually increase. Instead of having to buy additional parts or hardware, it is as if it doesn’t exist.
  • Cloud – should a disaster occur on site, the backed-up data is unaffected. The same cannot be said for local storage.

Cloud Storage Disadvantages

  • Speed – Unfortunately, average bandwidth has not yet caught up with the increase in data size and, depending on the product, retrieving any data stored in the cloud can take a while. By its nature – every company will have a limit to how much data they can actually physically send to the cloud during a day.
  • Potential lack of control – depending on your provider, you may or may not have a great deal of control with regards to where or how the data stored.

Local Storage Advantages

  • Speed –can be downloaded/uploaded faster and transferred much more easily too. Does not even require an internet connection.
  • Physical presence – having the data sat there in front of you in a box is ‘reassuring’ is something I hear a lot. In the same breath – customers often like being able to go and physically see their data.
  • Control – you have full control of the backups. Only you can access them and know where they are being kept, creating an even greater sense of security.

When looking at small and medium businesses, cloud storage is often the go-to decision for most MSPs and VARs because of the low cost, scalability and flexibility it offers. Indeed, this ultimately depends on upon your business needs, but on the whole, cloud backup has enabled much greater competition with specialist enterprises due to the fact that the technology has become much more accessible. Brigantia’s cloud backup solutions are very popular with partners and are the perfect solution for incremental growth for many. However because of the growing security concerns of SMBs being the target of cyber threats and data breaches, many of our partners are often left in a tricky situation when their customers demand their data to be managed on-site too. (Join our webinar specifically to show how Data Deposit Box are fighting ransomware by registering here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3009771623870434306 )

As alluded to above, Brigantia has successfully added another backup solution that caters for our partners who require both an affordable cloud backup service as well as on-site portable local storage, with no compromise in price, security or features. Data Deposit Box (DDB) combines the advantages of having a flexible cloud backup service alongside the advantages of local storage and simplifies these into one solution. Replicating backup data to the cloud with the ability to recover at a local level makes maintaining a variety of customer sets much easier and provides a full featured solution at all levels. DDB is an award-winning cloud backup and recovery solution specifically designed for SMBs. To learn more about this service and how Brigantia can offer a two-dimensional backup solution that suits both cloud and local customers, please get in touch via email angus.shaw@brigantia.com or call the office on 020 3358 0090.

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