For IT pros, protecting their business’s remote office and branch office (ROBO) locations against data loss is an absolute priority. That isn’t easy, whether we’re talking retail stores, hotel chains, bank branches, construction sites, or any other industry with remote locations. And it isn’t going to get any easier, with the FBI saying that cybercrime reports have quadrupled during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the cost to businesses for failure to protect their data is high. In fact, IBM’s 2020 Cost of a Data Breach report broke down cyberattacks and their associated costs into three categories. Those include data breaches, which cost an average of $3.86 million per incident, malicious breaches, which averaged $4.27 million per incident, and ransomware attacks, which averaged $4.44 million per incident. While IT pros do their best to protect ROBO data, the numbers don’t lie—the risk and cost of an attack is too high. That’s why a sound ROBO backup and recovery solution is the key to ensuring business continuity and limiting the fallout from a successful attack.
Overcoming ROBO Data Protection Challenges
Today’s increasingly distributed work environments present challenges because traditional enterprise backup and disaster recovery products and services are often too expensive, complex to deploy, and difficult to manage at the branch level. Even with regular, local backups being taken, ROBO locations can still lose data if onsite backups are compromised or unavailable. And on-premises hardware—whether in a branch or central data center—may not always be accessible to IT, whether that’s the result of a natural disaster or a COVID-19 lockdown. That’s why you need to put a backup and disaster recovery plan in place that takes the potential loss of onsite backups into account and lets you recover ROBO data to get remote locations back up and running quickly. Here are three key features to look for in your ROBO backup and recovery solution:
1. Centralized Backup and Disaster Recovery Management
As noted above, backups won’t do you much good if you can’t get to your equipment. Centralized management for all of your backup and disaster recovery activities lets you optimize resources and reduce risk because you can be sure your ROBO data is both backed up and recoverable from anywhere. With centralized management, accessible via a web browser, IT doesn’t need to go out to a remote site to handle any aspect of backup and disaster recovery.
2. Look for an Integrated Solution With Direct-to-Cloud Protection
There are plenty of good reasons for storing data onsite at ROBO locations, including speed, cost, and efficiency. What’s important is that the storage, backup, and disaster recovery solution you choose automatically backs up your data to the cloud—without adding complexity. StorageCraft OneXafe Solo does all that and more. OneXafe® Solo is a simple, affordable, plug-and-play appliance that enables anytime, anywhere protection. OneXafe Solo features the same technology that drives StorageCraft’s next-generation enterprise-grade data protection software, ShadowXafe™. You simply connect the OneXafe Solo to the internet, and you can start protecting data immediately.
3. Include Disaster Recovery as a Service for Easy, Instant Recovery
Uptime is critical. That’s why OneXafe Solo integrates with StorageCraft Cloud Services™, offering you disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) protection with 99.999 percent uptime. That includes everything from file and folder recovery and machine virtualization to instant failover of an entire site and network.
If keeping ROBO data safe has been keeping you up at night, we suggest you spend some time on a demo call with a StorageCraft engineer. They can help you understand your options and put together a ROBO backup and disaster recovery solution that is perfectly suited to your specific needs and will let you sleep soundly again.
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