Offsite Data Protection: The Case for Data-Defending Experts

By: In: Data Management On: Sep 03, 2013
Offsite Data Protection: The Case for Data-Defending Experts

Your data is important. Though it might not be of interest to hacktivist groups or top the list of tempting targets for cyber criminals, you can’t afford to lose access to critical information, customer files and proprietary technologies. While it’s tempting to keep your data in-house, owing to the inherent comfort in having sensitive information kept close, there’s a compelling case for offsite data protection.

Overloading Your IT Admins

In a world where cloud technologies are becoming commonplace, virtualization is altering the way data is stored. Big Data means every bit of information a company creates has value; the job of your IT administrator looks nothing like it did 10 years ago. Tasking them with the protection of your data makes sense at first glance – this is what you hired them to do, after all – but adding data protection to an already full plate often means something has to give. And that may be your data security.

Part of the problem is that onsite data protection is a massive undertaking. This is true in part because of the need for access; administrators, executives and front-line employees all need access to different parts of a database, making protection a difficult – if not impossible – job for IT. Some companies try to address this problem by creating a local backup, which they keep separate from their common access servers in the event of data corruption or sudden data loss. While this stopgap can prevent obvious disasters, it does come with problems: it’s one more thing on the plate of an overworked IT admin and more importantly, it is not a best practice to store data onsite.

Expert Storage Advice

Offsite tape vaulting services, like those offered by Iron Mountain, offer the obvious benefit of securely storing your data in a protected location and the advantage of trained experts who ensure that your data is safe from environmental hazards, trackable and accessible whenever you need it.

By choosing 24/7 management by professionals who have the singular job of ensuring your data is transported, stored and managed properly, you make sure your IT professionals are able to best use their time managing your local network access and security measures. Rather than locking down a backup and trying to protect against unpredictable environmental hazards, a solid offsite data protection solution frees your IT admins to be proactive rather than reactive.

Your IT staff are experts at actively working with your data; Iron Mountain brings expert knowledge in offsite storage and protection, letting you concentrate on running your business rather than running after your data.

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Jennifer Burl

Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in marketing and product management on both the channel and manufacturing side of the business. Prior to joining Iron Mountain, Jennifer was the Sr. Product Marketing Manager for HP Servers and Storage at PC Connection Inc., managing all aspects of the business, for all segments of the channel. Prior to PC Connection, Jennifer worked for Epson managing professional storage products; she developed the hard drive line at Iomega and managed the Inkjet printer line at Canon. Jennifer holds an MBA from Bentley University’s McCallum Graduate School of Business.