What you will learn from this tip: No matter which option you choose, preparation is the key to successful outsourcing.
Outsourcing, which is common in nearly every business sector, is still viewed with suspicion by many storage pros. 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.
The suggestions below can help you prepare for outsourcing your backups.
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About the authors: Stephen Foskett is director of strategy services and Michael Tobin is senior vice president of operations for GlassHouse Technologies