3 traps to avoid when installing a backup solution

It’s vital that organisations have systems for backing up their data on their IT infrastructure

But many companies don’t have a backup tool, or rely on outdated and inefficient solutions that they’re afraid to move away from. And for good reason — implementing a backup solution for your data is not as straightforward as many people make it out to be, and you could fall into one of these traps:

1. Underestimating the complexity of a backup

It’s not only the growing amount of data across a number of locations that can be problematic to backup, but also installing, configuring, and maintaining the infrastructure necessary for a reliable backup. With many organisations struggling to deal with the intricacies of IT systems they use on a day-to-day basis, not to mention systems they access infrequently, this problem might slip by unnoticed until they need to restore their backup data.

2. Underestimating the initial cost

Connected to the ever-growing amount of data that many businesses have to handle, is the simple fact that you will need a backup solution that can manage these increasing volumes of data. Unfortunately, many companies tend to assume that a generic, cheaper backup solution will be sufficient for their needs and fail to budget for the initial costs correctly.

3. Underestimating the transition process from one solution to another

There are companies that do have backup solutions, but they are often out of date, slow, and inefficient when it comes to cost. Once the business decides to shift to a new backup system, many fail to correctly gauge how complex the transition process can be. Issues such as legislation around data retention, what to do with your existing backup data and how to restore it, software and data incompatibility, as well as simple human error can complicate the transition process.

How to avoid these 3 traps

Thankfully, there are backup solutions that can help you alleviate or eliminate these problems entirely. One such solution is TERALINK’S PostPilot, which not only offers a backup solution, but also a variety of other functions including reporting, alerts, and real-time monitoring. Here are some of the benefits of using PostPilot backup over other solutions:

PostPilot is easy to install

As a client, you don’t have to worry about the backup infrastructure, nor do you need specialist backup knowledge. PostPilot can be easily installed and integrated into an existing IT system.

PostPilot requires no initial investment from the client

PostPilot does not require specific infrastructure, hardware investment, or initial software in order to function, eliminating the initial investment barrier for clients.

PostPilot can be adapted to suit your needs

You can modify your PostPilot implementation to suit your needs. For example, if you need to increase or decrease the capacity of your solution, this can be easily implemented and the associated costs will be scaled accordingly. Costs are also incurred on a month-to-month basis, and if you decide you no longer need the PostPilot service, you are not trapped by a contract. If you do decide to switch to another backup service, you can arrange to have your data stored for a specific retention period in PostPilot’s data center.

These are just a few ways you can avoid some of the pitfalls associated with implementing or changing your backup solution. For more information on PostPilot, book a consultation with one of TERALINK’S experts today.

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