Off Site Backup
Choosing a media vaulting vendor
Choosing a media vaulting vendor is as important a task as choosing your backup software. Choosing the wrong vendor can be disastrous. You depend on that vendor as your last line of defense, which is why you are paying them. Therefore, their storage and filing procedures need to be above reproach. Their movement-tracking procedure must be free of holes. Here is a list of things to consider when choosing an off-site storage vendor:
Individual media accountability
The first media vaulting vendor I ever used stored all of my volumes inside cases. They never inventoried the individual pieces of media. It was up to me to know which volume was in which case. When I needed a volume from one of the cases, they had to go in and get it. Once that was done, there was no log of where that volume actually existed. This is refereed to as container vaulting. Most media vaulting companies also offer individual media vaulting. This method ensures that every volume is being tracked.
Once you have organized the media that you are storing on-site, it’s time to consider off-site storage.
There are two ways to store your data off-site:
- The typical method of sending copies of your volumes to someone
- Real-time off-site storage
The latter is more expensive but is much easier to use during a disaster. That is, of course, what off-site storage is meant to prepare you for – the destruction of your media and/or the building that holds it. If you have a complete set of backups in another location, you would be able to recover from even the worst local disaster.
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Data recovery FAQs
Our Data Recovery Technicians and Customer Services staff answer many thousands of telephone inquiries each year and although the need for a data recovery service is new to most of them the data loss incidents generally involve common device types and recurring themed questions.
1. How much does data recovery cost?
The cost of data recovery varies significantly from case to case. Not only are there many different types of devices–hard disk drives, solid-state drives, USB flash drives and SD cards, RAID arrays, etc.–but there are also many different reasons why you might need data recovered from any of these devices.
2. What does the data recovery process look like?
As we’ve just mentioned, the data recovery process begins with our free evaluation of your device in our cleanroom lab. Sending your device to our lab is easy: just contact us to arrange the evaluation and we’ll create a prepaid UPS shipping label you can print out.
How long does hard drive data recovery take?
We offer several service options; our emergency service has an average case completion time of under a day. Contact our customer service team for more information.