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Data Backup & Storage Solutions

Protection Against Catastrophic Loss

Implementing a Data Backup Solution can help protect irreplaceable intellectual property and company data in the event of any unforeseen natural disasters or system failures. More often than not, companies find themselves unable to recover data using standard recovery practices.  Orange County Computer®, Inc. offers tested and proven data storage, data security and backup solutions. These methods meet HIPAA and SOX regulatory compliance standards for Medical, Dental and Financial Institutions.

Our Technical Team provides both consulting and implementation solutions for single to multiple failover scenarios. Our solutions start with designing and configuring both on and off site data backup failover. The failovers range from Data Center Colo to Hosted Cloud Storage Solutions.  This is often the last type of technology solution sought after by companies. However, it is ironically the single most important solution to invest in. Assure the integrity of your data by combining secure Data Backup Solutions, Dedicated External Hardware, Built in Server Operating System Tools and Off-Site Hosted Solutions if an event leading to a total catastrophic failure should occur.

Primary Data Backup Solution

The most simple form of data backup begins within an existing network that typically has a built in backup.  We find these built in backups to be improperly set up or turned off by mistake. This is a network configuration that can be deemed extremely unreliable if the wrong person is "administering" a network. Hence, we prefer to have our primary backup as an external hardware device which is separate from the server. We refer to these as a NAS (Network Attached Storage) or SAN (storage Attached Network) Device. Dozens of manufacturers offer these types of devices. However, at Orange County Computer®, we only recommend proven storage devices that have been tested by our Technicians. If we don't like it, we won't sell it to our clients.

Off-Site Data Backup Solution

Off-Site Data Backup is a secondary layer of backup located in a completely different location from the source. There can be an Earthquake, Tornado, Power Outage, Fire, Flood or Theft that can physically devastate a business. If a business implements an Off-Site Backup Solution, it can still function even if the building burns down or collapses. Why would you  risk losing everything? We are continually reminded about the importance of protecting our data as we watched Hurricane Sandy and Katrina in recent years.

Orange County Computer®, Inc. can design a custom Disaster Prevention Plan for your infrastructure. This will include critical systems such as: Duplicate Hardware, Servers, and most recent critical data back-ups. Thereby reducing downtime from months to mere hours.

Off-Site Data Backup Solution

Loss of data can happen in many ways. Whether from a virus infection, bad media (drives, tapes, etc.), power failure and spikes; a good backup solution should be in place to prevent against critical data loss. Orange County Computer®, offers reliable backup solutions with little or no end user intervention. Thereby protecting critical data while not interrupting work flow. The result is better performance and a increase of savings due to a lower total cost of ownership.

Benefits of Using a Network Attached Storage (NAS) & Storage Area Network (SAN) Solutions

Data is a vital resource for business operations. A critical requirement for information systems and data management is protecting data from corruption, user error, hardware failure, theft or site disaster.

For decades, tape-based backup and restore technologies have been the primary mechanisms for protecting data from corruption or loss. However, managing many server-based tape back-ups in a LAN (Local Area Network) can become a problem as small and medium-size businesses grow. With each additional server brought online to increase storage and production capacity, an additional tape drive must be directly attached to provide backup protection, which drives up equipment costs and overwhelms server administrator resources.

Is there a less-expensive way to simplify management and improve back-up operations? Yes. Orange County Computer®, Inc Network-attached storage (NAS) or Storage Area Network solution (SAN) delivers a more efficient and effective way to protect data by providing a network-based centralized backup model. Orange County Computer®, Inc controls the backup processes of all the clients and servers providing centralized disk based storage. This centralized networked approach reduces the amount of equipment required for backup operations and, in turn, lowers the management costs of backup administration. Network Attached Storage (NAS) or Storage Area Network (SAN) are the best choice for backup operations in the following three scenarios:

  • Client back-ups
  • Server back-ups
  • Remote replication

Consolidation of Backup Equipment

When we attached storage solutions to the network rather than directly to the server, it's no longer necessary to attach a tape device to each server for back-ups. This reduces labor and costs of tape backup equipment.

Streamline Data Management

Implementing NAS or SAN solutions to control the back-up and restore processes simplifies management by centralizing backup operations. Server administrators save valuable time since they no longer have to go to each individual machine to execute back-ups. Using a Web-based interface, Orange County Computer®, Inc can schedule the NAS or SAN system to back up all servers to off-site storage. Which eliminates any data conflicts between servers and providing better failover against catastrophic failure.

Effective Management and Workflow

All back-ups services are scheduled and controlled through Orange County Computer's® Off-Site Backup or through our Cloud Services Division, OCCloud9.  Data can be backed up from the NAS or SAN to off-site storage when network traffic is minimal and is fully automated.

Reduced Backup Time

Drive to drive file transfers via high speed Internet dramatically reduces the backup window time. When backed-up data must be frequently accessible, drive to drive restores are much less time consuming than restores from outdated techniques such as tape. With a SAN solution this is accomplished even faster due to the speed of Fiber Optic performance.

As businesses grow, the amount of data that requires storage and protection will increase dramatically. At the same time, the window of time during which  backing up data without having a negative impact on business operations decreases. These factors make the server administrator's job of storing and protecting data fundamentally more challenging. Incorporating an Orange County Computer®, Inc NAS or SAN solution into backup operations streamlines management operations, lowers the total cost of ownership, and offers a better performing backup solution in the form of disk-to-disk backups.

Terms

LAN (Local Area Network) - A physical location where all nodes or PC's, Laptops, Servers and appliances link securely together by a common Network. A simplified LAN would consist of one Server, several PC's, a Router, Switch and Ethernet cable linking the devices together. In contrast a WAN (Wide Area Network) utilizes the Internet to link two or more LAN's together.

Fail Over - Utilizes redundant systems. In the event that one system fails and secondary system is in place to insure availability of resources.

NAS (Network Attached Storage) - Storage with redundant disks for failover that is directly attached to the LAN via IP Address rather than attached to a single device such as a server.

SAN (Storage Area Network) - Storage with redundant disks for failover that is directly attached to the LAN via IP Address rather than attached to a single device such as a server. SAN's typically allow for greater performance and file transfer speed due to Fiber Optic architecture.

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