With new critical data being generated across G Suite, IT teams need to consider how they back up G Suite data and ensure against data loss or corruption.Continue reading
When it comes to backup storage, cloud storage isn’t always ideal for your business. Onsite backups are generally considered to be a hassle compared to an easy cloud-sync. There are many companies that still prefer keeping their backups on-site because it’s easier to control – it might be more work but you decide how and where backups happen.
Because you’ll be maintaining your own data storage devices on-site, it helps to know what your options are. Gone are the days of keeping onsite backups on data cards and the floppy disks. What remains are the high-density hard-disk drives (HDD) and solid-state drives (SSD) – even hybrids known as SSHDs – that seem to be holding more and more data each year as the technology develops.
But Moore’s Law has plateaued and projections of data storage device developments have become less certain. Some factors to consider about ageing backup drives, and best to incorporate into your IT policies, are the following:
In 2012, 49 million tons of electronic waste (e-waste) was generated by countries across the globe. Now that you’ve decided the drive has to go, take an informed decision about the impact of doing so:
Stale backups. If your onsite backups go stale, they should be deleted as soon as possible. Since stale backups are by definition no longer useful, they consume unnecessary disk space that could otherwise be used for important backups. Regularly review your IT policy to ensure you have appropriate retention periods for data backups. You’d be surprised at how many drives unnecessarily consume valuable server room space and electricity.
Donations. Schools across the globe complain that they struggle to meet the demands of expanding class sizes and diminishing budgets. Concurrently, governments are always complaining that the private sector isn’t doing enough to support education departments in teaching the country’s children. Donating your old hard drives is a good way to boost the usage of high-tech equipment in the class room and to prevent electronic waste from ending up in a landfill.