Guest Column | August 22, 2013

3 Considerations For Selecting A Winning BDR Solution

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By Robert Bush, product management, Unitrends

MSPs need to consider many factors when selecting a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) solution for their customers: functionality, price, ease-of-use, manageability, scalability, deployment, flexibility — the list goes on. But, don’t get overwhelmed. The following three considerations will help you keep the BDR evaluation process simple and put you well on your way to providing a flexible, scalable, efficient, and cost-effective solution that satisfies your entire customer portfolio.  

1. Hybrid Cloud Backup

Cloud backup is often touted as “the next big thing” in data protection. And who can argue? Its many benefits include reduced costs, scalability, and simplicity. But, there is one major disadvantage that accompanies pure cloud backup solutions — lag time on data transfer to and from the cloud. Unfortunately, many MSPs fail to take this into consideration and find out the hard way when trying to move the initial data set to the cloud or recover in the event of a disaster.

Data is increasing at a staggering rate such that WAN performance cannot cost-effectively keep pace, leaving a major gap between on-premise and off-premise (cloud) performance. What does this mean? In simple terms, when using a pure cloud backup solution, backup windows can be lengthy and, perhaps more importantly, if a disaster strikes or data is lost, it could take a significant amount of time for critical data to be recovered. Companies do not have months to wait for their data to become accessible, leaving them vulnerable to an impending disaster that could cause significant risk to their businesses.

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