How to Choose the Best Backup Software for 2015

How to Choose the Best Backup Software for 2015

There is nothing more important in IT terms than protecting your company’s data so understanding the best backup software for 2015 is critical to eliminating risk and protecting your organization.

Unfortunately many executives end up making poor decisions on their approach to backup and disaster recovery because they don’t have strong information about best practice standards. The best backup software for 2015 includes the following six things:


1. Software MUST be Image-Based

Many types of modern backup software only backup files and not an entire server or computer as an image. This is an old way of doing backup and leads to longer restore files, data loss and big frustration. Backup the whole thing!


2. Backup to Disk-Based Systems

Tape drives should be nowhere in your office except the electronics recycle bin. We stopped using tapes for music a long time ago, the same fate should fall to tape drives for backups. Backing up and restoring from disk-based systems (i.e. hard drives) leads to faster backups and faster restore times when you need to get your data from your backup.


3. Encryption is Key to Protect Your Data

Any data being backed up must be properly encrypted so that someone cannot just pick up a hard drive and have access to your data. Military-level encryption is important and make sure someone has the encryption key!


4. Onsite Backups

Your backup software should not just backup to the Cloud, it also needs to be backing up onsite to local hard drives. This ensures you can restore files quickly and easily when you need them and don’t need to wait for downloads.


5. Offsite Replication

The best backup software will easily and reliably replicate offsite to protect you against disasters. You shouldn’t need to implement multiple solutions to ensure you have both onsite and offsite backup. This replication offsite should be secured through SSL to ensure your data can’t be stolen in transit and the backup data itself should also be encrypted to provide two levels of protection.


6. Business Continuity

Backup software should also allow you to start up servers on different hardware quickly and efficiently so you can ensure business continuity in the event of a major problem like hardware failure. This is a key functionality of modern backup software and if you can’t spin up a server quickly, your business will potentially be down for days.


And Don’t Forget…

You can have the best backup software in the world, but if you don’t have someone monitoring and managing it every day, you won’t be properly protected. Even the best backup software will fail occasionally and someone needs to be watching it to fix any issues. Regular test restores are crucial to ensure your data will be available when you need it.