ChannelLife New Zealand logo
Industry insider news for New Zealand's technology resellers
Partner content
Story image

Maintaining data backup and DR across evolving remote environments

By Contributor
Thu 9 Jul 2020
FYI, this story is more than a year old

There is no denying the importance of disaster recovery, backup, and data protection – whether you go back two months, two years, or 20 years, StorageCraft and partners have been providing these services to organisations and evolved as enterprise needs shift between on-premise and cloud, or both at the same time (hybrid IT).

StorageCraft has always ensured that small and medium organisations are able to protect their business-critical information in a way that is both accessible, safe, and optimised for their needs.

Furthermore, StorageCraft has gained deep expertise in areas such as cloud backup, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), data protection and management, and scalable storage platforms that protect every customer’s critical data.

Over the last few months, you may have heard the phrase that the world is in the middle of the ultimate remote working experiment. Every country is in a different stage of health, economic, and business recovery and some offices start to turn the lights on, but there is no denying that almost every organisation was thrust into a major challenge they may not have addressed before – working from home is now the new normal.

According to a 2018 study by Owl Labs, 44% of companies did not allow employees to work remotely.  It is not too surprising, given that employees often have their own devices, on their own networks, and connect to corporate servers with untested and unmanaged IT. 

In the event of a data breach, the financial cost averages out at AU$1.9 million, but the value of important data is often priceless. Data protection and disaster recovery now need to cover remote and satellite locations.

A CIO’s checklist to remote office requirements

According to a white paper from StorageCraft, there are several disaster recovery and data protection questions that CIOs should consider:

  • How much data are employees generating in their remote locations?
  • What is the level of risk in those remote locations?
  • How is their organisation protecting those locations?
  • Do these locations meet any compliance requirements or regulations?
  • What tools are they using to protect these locations?
  • Can IT teams recover data from these locations, and how quickly can they do it?

Remote locations present another major challenge: How to enforce compliance and policy management with no staff ‘on the ground’.  Remote locations may store data locally, and they may not back data up without oversight from IT staff.

StorageCraft suggests that any comprehensive solution should combine comprehensive backup and continuity across data hosted in physical locations, virtual locations, and in the cloud. Backups should also be stored off-site, as well as in the cloud.

StorageCraft developed its OneXafe Solo solution to address these considerations with a plug-and-protect direct to cloud backup appliance. It’s as simple as connecting it to the internet, where data will be securely backed up to StorageCraft’s Cloud Services data center.

Data restoration – challenges and solutions

Backups are one matter, but what happens when organisations need to restore data after an incident? This can be a burdensome process in remote locations with no IT staff physically present.

CIOs should think about how to deal with the following restoration challenges:

  • How to restore data in an unmanaged environment without centralisation and automation. Many restorations fail because of unmanaged environments, insufficient testing, and old backup technologies that just cannot restore properly. Often organisations don’t realise until they’ve lost valuable data.
  • Ransomware can strike at any time. Despite organisations’ best efforts, there is often a gap between when data is locked and the most recent backup. This means that data will be inevitably lost.

StorageCraft took these two points into consideration when developing the OneXafe Solo appliance. This appliance provides anywhere, anytime real-time monitoring, visibility, and reporting 24 hours, seven days a week.

Accessible from any web browser in any location, OneXafe Solo ensures that data restorations don’t fail because somewhere along the line, a failed backup went unnoticed.

Backup and recovery in the remote environment

Many organisations are not able to successfully complete daily backups of their IT environments, particularly now that remote working has fragmented the workspace, with no IT staff present in all locations. 

Cloud-based and plug-and-play backup and recovery technologies remove these complications in a way that does not compromise data security and employee health.

StorageCraft is offering a OneXafe Solo Try-then-Buy program with 45 days of coverage free of charge. To find out more, click here.

Related stories
Top stories
Story image
Review
Hands-on review: JBL Flip 6 portable speaker
Once you switch it on, and listen away for up to 12 hours, you will quickly realise that this is a little speaker looking for a party.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Fastly, INX, Kinly, SmartBear & Vectra AI
We round up all job appointments from July 29 - August 12, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
InternetNZ
How well do rangatahi understand cyber safety in Aotearoa?
Do rangatahi in Aotearoa understand the importance of being safe online, or has lifelong exposure to the internet resulted in widespread complacency?
Story image
Data Protection
Zero Trust, but verify - finding the OT in ZerO Trust
The move to remote and cloud-based technologies has shifted the goalposts for cybersecurity. It now needs to cover multiple people, devices, platforms, and networks.
Story image
Smartphone
Samsung introduces new generation of foldable smartphones
Samsung has unveiled its new range of Galaxy Z smartphones, bringing new developments to the company’s foldable smartphone portfolio.
Story image
Dicker Data
Dicker Data brought on as Acronis partner for A/NZ
The news about the partnership comes in as cyber criminals continue to exploit gaps in traditional solutions and strategies in NZ and across the APAC region.
Story image
Red Hat
Red Hat announces 2022 awards winners for A/NZ region
Red Hat recently acknowledged Australia and New Zealand partners with its annual awards, highlighting partners across various categories.
Story image
Financial results
Jade Software’s plan to get back to surplus in 2022
Jade Software has released its latest financial report, revealing that the company has kept its loss low from $567,000 in FY 2020 to just $153,000 in FY 2021.
Story image
Surveillance
Ministry will no longer accept equipment from Chinese firm Hikvision
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) says it will no longer accept equipment from a major Chinese surveillance camera maker.
Story image
Arlo
Hands-on review: Arlo Go 2 security camera
In my humble opinion, Arlo Go 2 offers security for anyone needing to keep a remote eye on prized possessions or premises at different locations.
Story image
Developers
Snyk announces plans to expand partner network in APJ
Recognising that partnerships are critical for growth, Snyk is building an entire partner ecosystem that will drive its expansion across APJ.
Story image
Samsung
New range of Samsung Smart Watches announced with health focus
Samsung has announced new additions to its SmartWatch portfolio, with the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro to be released in late August.
Story image
LG Electronics
LG Electronics’ revenue in NZ grows by 57% in FY 2021
The New Zealand branch of LG Electronics Australia's total revenue shot up by nearly NZD $45 million reaching a total of $123.7 million for FY 2021.
Story image
Dark web
Beware the darkverse and its cyber-physical threats
A darkverse of criminality hidden from law enforcement could quickly evolve to fuel a new industry of metaverse-related cybercrime.
Story image
Tech job moves
Tech job moves - Cohesity, Equinix, IDC, Proofpoint & Xero
We round up all job appointments from July 29 - August 5, 2022, in one place to keep you updated with the latest from across the tech industries.
Story image
Ingram Micro
Ingram Micro NZ sees $74 million revenue growth in 2021
Ingram Micro New Zealand's latest financial report reveals that its revenue from contracts with customers increased by almost $74 million in 2021.
Story image
Neat
Workplace design a crucial factor for better employee experience - report
The key to a successful workplace could be its design, according to research from Ecosystm and Neat.
Story image
Distribution
Garmin expands NZ footprint with new Auckland distribution centre
The facility at Goodman’s Highbrook Business Park will be fully operational from October 2022 and features 3,586sqm of warehouse space.
Story image
Gigabit
Keysight Technologies and Nokia’s public test of 800GE success
Keysight and Nokia have successfully demonstrated the first public 800GE test, validating the readiness of next-generation optics for service providers and network operators.
Story image
Gaming
Attacks on gaming companies more than double over past year
The State of the Internet report shows gaming companies and gamer accounts are at risk, following a surge in web application attacks post pandemic.
Story image
Charity
SnapLogic teams up with meetmagic for charity and children
SnapLogic has announced its partnership with meetmagic, an online Australian platform that combines business and philanthropy.
Story image
Home security
Hands-on review: Eufy Wire-Free Dual Cam Video Doorbell 2K
We have had our house secured by Eufy products for over seven months now. We love the brand, and it has never let us down.
Story image
Artificial Intelligence
Exclusive: NZ-based DEFEND offers global cyber protection
DEFEND supports customers in 66 countries across the globe with a relentless focus on ensuring that every dollar spent on security provides a meaningful return on investment and reduces cyber risk.
Story image
Microsoft
Spectralink DECT devices now integrated with Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway
Spectralink DECT devices are now integrated with Microsoft Teams SIP Gateway to help create better results for business-critical frontline workers.
Story image
Google Cloud
Google Cloud to open first cloud region in NZ - among others
Google Cloud has announced plans to bring three new cloud regions, one each in New Zealand, Malaysia and Thailand.
Story image
Web application firewall
Radware recognised in KuppingerCole’s 2022 Leadership Compass report
Radware has been named a Product, Innovation, Market and Overall Leader in the 2022 KuppingerCole Leadership Compass report for Web Application Firewalls.
Story image
Sustainability
NZ program recovers and recycles more than 177 tonnes of e-waste
The TechCollect NZ pilot program says its milestone of recovering and recycling more than 177 tonnes of ICT e-waste recognises the efforts of many.
Story image
New Zealand
2degrees announces appointments to newly established board
2degrees has announced Liz Coutts as the board chair, while Russell Stanners and Kathy Meads join her as directors.
Story image
Economics
9 in 10 retailers prepared for economic challenges this year
Some 9 in 10 retailers (86%) are prepared for continued inflation, higher interest rates and potentially lower consumer spending, according to new research.
Story image
Compliance
Why security needs to shape your journey to the cloud
It's estimated that 80% of workloads could be in the cloud in the next few years. How can you make all that data secure?
Story image
ExtraHop
Organisations exposing highly sensitive protocols to public internet
More than 60% of organisations expose remote control protocol SSH to the public internet, while 36% of organisations expose the insecure FTP protocol.
Story image
Privileged Access Management / PAM
The importance of stopping identity sprawl for cybersecurity
The 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that 61% of all breaches involve malicious actors gaining unauthorised, privileged access to data by using a compromised credential. Unfortunately, it is often too late when the misuse of a credential is detected.
Story image
SaaS
Cloud and data protection big challenges for NZ businesses
"This surge towards a cloud-first approach meant security and safety became afterthoughts - there's no point being the fastest car on the racetrack if you crash.”
Story image
Hybrid Cloud
The essential guide to digital transformation by SolarWinds
Digital transformation is a buzzword thrown around all the time by companies, but what does it actually mean and why is it important? SolarWinds breaks it down.
Story image
CyberCX
Nozomi Networks adds nine partners to its MSSP program
OT and IoT security company Nozomi Networks has added nine new members to its MSSP Partner Program, and the list includes CyberCX and Deloitte.
Story image
SaaS
Claroty launches new cloud-based industrial cybersecurity platform
The company says Claroty xDome is the industry's first solution to deliver the ease and scalability of SaaS without compromising on visibility, protection, and monitoring controls.
Story image
Document Management
TrustRadius gives M-Files two document management awards
TrustRadius has recognised M-Files with both a 2022 Best Feature Set and a 2022 Best Relationship award in document management.
Story image
IDC
High level of Customer Identity & Access Management adoption
The study from Okta revealed that the pandemic has either accelerated or highlighted the need for digital-first strategies.
Story image
Home Entertainment
Hands-on review: TCL 65″ C835 Mini LED 4K Google TV
We introduce you today to a TV that brings the height of immersion to your viewing experience: The TCL 65″ C835 Mini LED 4K Google TV.
Story image
Application Performance Monitoring / APM
New Relic integrates offering with Atlassian’s Jira Software
New Relic has integrated errors inbox with Jira Software to allow developers to easily access and set up complete stack error tracking and software performance monitoring from within the tool.
Story image
Machine learning
Sysdig releases CDR offering to combat cryptojacking
Sysdig has unveiled a cloud detection and response (CDR) offering powered by machine learning to combat cryptojacking.