How to Choose the Right Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution for Your Business


The global data backup and recovery software market is predicted to grow to $23.1 billion between 2022 and 2030, an impressive 9.6 percent CAGR. That’s a good sign because it shows that businesses are taking cyberthreats—like ransomware—seriously.

Those threats are increasing at an alarming rate, with the SonicWall 2022 Cyber Threat Report midyear update noting that there were an incredible 2.8 billion malware attacks in the first half of 2022. Europe also became a bigger target this year, with the report finding a 63 percent increase in ransomware attacks on organizations on the continent.

At the same time, the average cost of a data breach was a heart-stopping $9.44 million in the U.S. in 2022, while the average cost of a ransomware attack worldwide was almost as painful at $4.54 million. If you’re an IT pro, those data points are telling you that it’s time to push harder for increased investments in a cybersecurity and backup and recovery solution that ensures your business can survive a data breach or ransomware attack no matter what.

With that in mind, here are several backup and recovery solution options explicitly designed for small, mid-size, and enterprise companies.

Immutable Storage for Midsize Companies

As we noted in a recent post, cybercriminals are increasingly focusing attacks on encrypting files and deleting backups. That’s why we recommend that every organization follow the 3-2-1-1 data protection strategy that includes immutable storage. When your backup files are saved to immutable storage, they are created in a write-once-read-many-times format that can’t be altered or deleted. So, even if your primary data is encrypted and your systems are taken down, you can count on your backups for recovery.

One option is Arcserve OneXafe. Built for midsized companies, Arcserve OneXafe gives you scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) for your backups and unstructured data using a file system based on an immutable object storge—every object is written only once and never modified. OneXafe gives you continuous data protection by taking low-overhead snapshots every 90 seconds. These snapshots are the view of your file system at the instant the snapshot was taken. Thanks to their immutability, these snapshots let you go back to a specific point in time and recover entire file systems in minutes.

Unified Data Protection for Midmarket and Enterprise Companies

Arcserve UDP is a comprehensive software option for midsize and enterprise companies. Arcserve UDP unifies data protection across both on- and off-premises workloads while delivering orchestrated recovery. Safeguarded by Sophos Intercept X Advanced cybersecurity, Arcserve UDP is the only solution that combines deep-learning server protection and scalable onsite and offsite business continuity, giving you a multilayered approach that ensures complete IT resiliency for your virtual, physical, and cloud infrastructures.

Arcserve UDP also offers that all-important immutability for your data backups with Amazon S3 Object Lock or Arcserve OneXafe for those that prefer a non-cloud option. It also reduces your downtime from days to minutes and validates recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs/RPOs) and service-level agreements (SLAs) with automated testing and granular reporting. And Arcserve UDP is built for business, protecting Microsoft 365 workloads—Exchange Online, Teams, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business—while delivering deep data reduction to limit storage usage, granular recovery, and offsite replication.

Cloud-Based Backup and Disaster Recovery for Small Companies and SMBs

Small to midsize companies can look to the cloud to protect on-premises business systems and data. Specifically, we’re talking about Arcserve Cloud Services disaster recovery as a service. While local backups may be enough to recover your IT systems from server failure and other common problems, a site-wide disaster can destroy your backups—and result in painful downtime and data loss.

Use either Arcserve’s ShadowProtect backup and disaster recovery software or ShadowXafe next-generation data recovery and backup software with Arcserve Cloud Services to count on complete business continuity.  

Finally, for simpler environments, there’s Arcserve OneXafe Solo. This plug-and-play data protection appliance streams your data directly to Arcserve Cloud Services for business continuity. It also includes Arcserve OneSystem for cloud-based management from anywhere using a web browser. Extremely easy to deploy and manage, OnXafe Solo brings the same data protection technology that drives ShadowXafe in a compact appliance form factor. OneXafe Solo is also perfect for remote and branch office (ROBO) environments, providing next-generation edge data protection in virtual environments and locations with little to no local storage. And it doesn’t require dedicated IT staff; you just set it and forget it.

Find the Right Solution for Your Business

Get expert help choosing the best backup and disaster recovery solution for your specific situation by talking to an Arcserve technology partner. And be sure to check out our free trial offers for Arcserve UDP, ShadowXafe, and ShadowProtect here.

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