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Technology: Operating System \ Application Built in backup solution

Environment: Small, reliant on mainly file based information, few business systems used.

Examples: Volume Shadow Copy Service running on a windows Server

Install Cost: Free with Windows Server - typically 1 day to organise files to be backed up and set up a schedule.

Management: Runs in the background - needs monitoring to ensure the service is running and the occasional test.

Running costs:

Ease of Restoration: File restore can be achieved by end users given a simple guide.

Recovery point: Typically copies taken at 2 or 3 copies during the day.

Recovery Time: Small batches of files will restore in seconds.

Retention: Usually a few weeks - can be stretched to last a year

Further comments:  On it's own it doesn't protect against a hardware failure.  No offsite copy. 

Backup Solutions

  • Built-in Solution +

    Technology: Operating System \ Application Built in backup solution Environment: Small, reliant on mainly file based information, few business systems used.
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  • Tape Backups +

    Technology: Tape Backup with Symantec backup Exec Environment: Any size Examples: Using Symantec Backup Exec installed on a management server
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  • Backup to NAS +

    Technology: Backup to NAS Storage Environment: Small or SME to Enterprise Examples: Using Dell DR Series or Synology Diskstation Install
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  • Backup to Appliance +

    Technology: Backup to Appliance Environment: SME Examples: Barracuda 490, CommVault Install Cost: £6500 for an all-in-one Barracuda appliance, £3000 professional
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  • Backup of Virtual +

    Technology: Backup of Virtual environments Environment: SME Examples: Veeam Install Cost: £4000 Licensing, £3000 Pro Services Running costs: £1000 \ year
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    Technology: Backup to cloud Environment: All Examples: Mozy, Assigra Install Cost: Professional services required to setup and install agents and
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