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Outsourcing can remedy your backup woes--you can bring an expert in-house, back up to an online service or move your data to a hosted data center.
|Outsourced backups: Where your data goes|
Backup is a paradox. Storage staffs may dread dealing with it, but they're still reluctant to loosen their grip on the practice. But as stiffer compliance requirements add even more urgency to ensuring an effective backup process, some companies are asking whether it makes more sense to outsource their backup. Outsourcing, prevalent in nearly every business sector, is still viewed with suspicion by many storage groups. Yet outsourcing specific storage processes can improve a storage group's productivity, consistency and efficiency.
There are three basic mechanisms for outsourced backup:
- Insourcing. Invite a vendor to manage your backups using onsite resources, remote resources or both.
- Online backup. Ship data from your data center over a network to an offsite service provider.
- Hosted backup services. Move your primary data to an outside data center with a backup service offering.
This was first published in September 2006