Your Recovery Point Objective (RPO) Guides Your Offsite Data Storage Rotation
Keep Your Company’s Essential and High-priority Data Stored with a Recovery Point Objective
The Recovery Point Objective of your company refers to your offsite data storage rotation or the age of your backed-up data that must be recovered in order for operations in your business to run, or continue, as normal. From the moment when disaster strikes, to the point when you can no longer continue operations without that data, is essentially your Recovery Point Objective.
Remove your tapes or hard drives offsite as soon as you can in compliance with your RPO.
Best practice is undoubtedly to have an offsite data storage provider regularly visit your premises to remove and replace current tapes. This ensures the continuous backup and safe storage of your data without the risk of holding onto a particular tape for too long on your premises.
Why continue to use tape storage in the age of cloud storage and data centres?
LTFS and LTO technology have dramatically improved tape.
Ultrium LTO states:
“First introduced in 2000, LTO technology is currently in its 7th generation. LTO-7 specifications support tape cartridge storage compressed capacity of up to 15TB*, more than twice that compressed capacity over the previous generation, and tape drive data transfer rates of up to 750MB* per second for over 2.7 terabytes of storage performance an hour per drive. New generations have been introduced regularly with higher capacity and transfer rates along with new features to further protect your data and content. LTO specifications provide backwards compatibility to read/write with previous generations. Current-generation LTO drives are able to read tapes from two generations prior and are able to write to tapes from the prior generation, so you know that your investment is for the long run.”
A clean offsite copy of data is a must if your servers get infected.
Offsite collections are focused around your rotation schedule. Data is stored in thickly insulated steel canisters, transported by vehicles with tracking. Unique numbered seals provide a record of the canister movement.
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