For the above reasons and more, long-term storage is crucial for MSPs to offer both security and convenience to their customers. Here are three key considerations for choosing a long-term backup storage solution, plus a breakdown of how SolarWinds® Backup satisfies these requirements.
A long-term backup storage solution should have security built-in from the ground up. This software should encrypt the data as it’s being stored and maintain that encryption during storage to help ensure it’s protected against unauthorized access.
SolarWinds Backup features AES 256-bit encryption in transit and at rest, and MSPs can even bring their own encryption keys. MSPs can further restrict access to backups in the standalone edition of Backup by manipulating role-level access. Backup storage in our private cloud is included with the software, and MSPs have 30 ISO-certified data centers to choose from worldwide.
Many backup and data archiving solutions do a master backup all at once and then only back up new changes that occur after the master backup. The only problem with this approach is it creates a chain dependency. Your backups are only as good or complete as the backup before it, and if there’s a break in the chain it might render all future backups obsolete. You want a long-term backup storage solution that is easier to use and offers the ability to locate the correct information more efficiently.
SolarWinds Backup helps eliminate chain dependency by using a journal-based system. A journal-based backup describes and organizes the backup according to its contents, i.e., “On this day the backup consisted of A, B, and C.” This approach is less error-prone and makes it easier and faster to find what you need when sifting through years of storage.
Most companies grow around 20-50% each year. That means you should be able to securely store increasing amounts of data for your customers. Your long-term backup solution of choice should be robust enough to accommodate future growth (both your own and your customers’) without driving up operating costs.
SolarWinds Backup features a small window and uses TrueDelta Technology to minimize bandwidth usage—you won’t have to worry about resource usage again. The pricing model is also unique because it only bills you for the amount of data being protected, which means your costs don’t increase as stored data grows. This buying model pays dividends over the years as your archives and restore points grow alongside your business. This continually becomes a more valuable benefit the more you archive and you can transfer these savings to your customers.
You can experience these benefits yourself by signing up for a 30-day free trial of SolarWinds Backup here. For more information about long-term backup storage, cloud server backup, and disaster recovery, read through our related blog articles.