To protect their data from being lost, companies can use backup either on-site or off-site. On-site data protection means periodical storage of a local copy kept at the same place where the production server is situated. Off-site data protection, in turn, requires a remote server, and the data is reached via the Internet or direct access. Combining these two methods provides one of the best backup strategies supported by Open-E JovianDSS called the On- & Off-site Data Production. In this article, we will focus on the external backup function – the Off-site Data Protection, so you can learn more about how it works and what it gives you.
What is Off-Site Data Protection?
Off-site data protection guarantees you peace of mind, provided you choose to use such service from a reliable and trusted vendor. It’s nothing new that a business aims to keep its information safe and control all its mission-critical data, as well as to be sure that a sudden disaster will not mean going out of the market. Still, it will only be a temporary issue that can be fixed within a blink of an eye.
Storing your data only on-site does not prevent your business from losing your data.
Let’s be honest, in case of a natural disaster, a man-made disaster, or even a security issue, the risk of data loss is quite high, even if you invest in the market’s best-known and most expensive solutions. Disasters happen, we cannot control them, but we can control the safety of our data, which in turn leads to Business Continuity and continuous high performance. Off-site data protection provides services that duplicate the data to different locations or to cloud storage. Local sites and co-locations perfectly minimize the risk of data loss. The customer determines how long his data will be stored off-site. This is commonly called the media retention period, and it can be divided into two recovery objectives:
RPO (Recovery Point Objective)
RTO (Recovery Time Objective)
The RPO and RTO are terms used for business continuity planning. RTO is the targeted time after a major incident, during which services must be restored so as to prevent a company from an unnecessary break in business continuity. RPO is the target period during which company data can be unavailable because of a disaster giving system administrators a limited time to recover the data.
Differences Between On-Site and Off-Site Data Protection
Companies can back up the important data either on-site or off-site. On-site data protection means periodical storage of a local copy kept at the same place where the production server is situated. Off-site data protection, in turn, requires a remote server, and the data is reached via the Internet or direct access.
On-site storage provides immediate access to data, and it does not require Internet access. The crucial disadvantage of on-site backup is the fact that in case of a sudden disaster, the on-site storage units with important data can be easily destroyed (e.g., during a flood, hurricane, or fire in the building). Additionally, on-site backup devices can also be stolen. All in all, all those unexpected events mean a company’s loss of time, money, and data.
With off-site storage, users have access to data from any location via the Internet or FTP. Data is saved remotely in case of a catastrophic event, and what is more – data can be shared in different locations. Even if the off-site data servers are taken offline for servicing and access to them is cut off, data is still safe in a remote location, while off-site data servers are able to maintain the data.
Off-Site Data Protection in Open-E JovianDSS
At Open-E, we understand the value of data safety in regard to business success, which is why we constantly work on improving our software so that it will reduce the risk of data loss.
The quality of our ZFS-based Open-E JovianDSS Software Defined Storage and all its services has been now enhanced even further. Off-site Data Storage Protection is a new feature of Open-E JovianDSS that provides a strategy for Backup, Archiving, and Disaster Recovery by enabling asynchronous replication to local sites or co-locations. This way, servers with crucial data can be easily and instantly restored in case of an unexpected disaster.
What is more, with this feature, it is easy to set up an application-consistent backup with a retention interval as a Disaster Recovery plan for virtual environments based on VMware. The software does not require the installation of any backup agent. It effectively prevents data loss and minimizes the recovery time with high-speed data recovery, lowering the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) in every backup strategy.
The Off-site Data Protection functionality in Open-E JovianDSS allows to create consistent snapshots and to asynchronously replicate snapshot deltas to local or remote destinations. Replication tasks can be scheduled according to the specific user requirements. Plus, encryption enhances the security even further, while buffered data replication significantly increases the efficiency of storage environments with Open-E JovianDSS. The functionality can be managed via the Command Line Interface (CLI) in Open-E JovianDSS.
All in all, the benefits of Open-E JovianDSS Off-site Data Protection are:
Consistent backup solution that prevents data loss
Fully integrated and high-speed data recovery
No backup agents required
Low RPO and RTO to minimize the amount of lost data and recovery time
Are you interested in finding out more about this and other backup options from Open-E that protect your data and keep your business running without interruptions or data loss, while also providing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?
If yes, don’t hesitate and check our “Beyond Backup: Understanding The Data Protection” brochure: