Do you backup your data?

hotdriveIn today’s world, technology is a key aspect to all parts of your business. From accounting and management to day-to-day communication, more and more parts of your business are performed solely on computers. Companies must take advantage of today’s technology to stay competitive. Email is the preferred method of communication and computers are integral for executing transactions and storing valuable data. With the importance of computers and technology, it is critical that every organization has a complete solution to deal with the threat of data loss.

In the past, companies have backed up their data using magnetic tapes which were then typically stored off-site. While a usable method for incrementally backing up data off-site, this process is tedious and time-consuming. For small businesses without a dedicated IT staff, maintaining an up-to-date tape library can be easily overlooked and can result in permanent data loss.

Small to medium businesses can suffer severe repercussions if their critical data is not securely backed up at an off-site location. A fire, power surge, hardware failure, or even basic operator error can wipe out years of data.  According to IDC (a leading market research firm), less than 40% of all small to medium-sized businesses properly and regularly backup their data.  These businesses cannot afford to lose time attempting to rebuild their lost, vital information.  

In order to prevent such a situation from happening, it is imperative that an off-site storage system be used, providing secure copies of all data. Off-site backup devices ensure that if physical disaster (fire, flood, theft, etc.) were to strike your data center and/or office, all lost information can be retrieved from the off-site location. Most off-site backup options use the Internet to transfer data back to the business location. It can take weeks, or even months, to download all of a company’s data from the web. With GOCI backup solutions, a new device can be overnight shipped to your location with all of your otherwise-lost data. This allows businesses to recover multiple terabytes of information in 24 hours, which would be nearly impossible through Internet transfer.

To quickly recover from hardware failures, viruses, or accidental deletion, it is important to have an on-site backup in addition to the off-site copy. This backup allows businesses to quickly recover from data loss due to common causes. When creating a business continuity plan, it’s important to take both on-site and off-site backup into consideration.  

When it comes to keeping your information backed up, GOCI offers an affordable and easy total solution. We provide a simple, secure, and automatic method for both on-site and off-site data storage in one simple and easy to use device. Each solution is a specifically designed Network Attached Storage (NAS) device operating as a secure location to backup files. The device creates an encrypted copy of all files stored at the on-site location at dual secure data centers located on the east and west US coasts. In the event of accidental deletion, files can quickly be restored to the device. If the device is ever damaged or destroyed, a new device with all data and settings from the original unit is overnight shipped to your location, providing rapid recovery.

GOCI backup solutions ensure your vital information is always safe and secure, making the once painful chore of on and off-site data backup easy and reliable.


Business Continuity Offerings

GOCI's business continuity packages were created with you in mind. Our standard package has all of options needed for a successful business continuity plan for any business, however, we have developed other packages if your needs are not as robust. 



G Series

On-Site Backup yes yes yes

Off-Site Backup

 yes yes yes
Free US Based Technical Support yes  yes yes
3-Year Hardware Warranty yes yes  yes
Complimentary Device Seeding yes yes  yes
Bare Metal Restore yes  yes optional
Unlimited Server & Desktop Licensing  yes  yes
SpeedSync™ Granular Agent Syncing yes  yes
Shadowsnap™ Advanced Deduplication yes  yes
Inverse Chain Technology™  yes  yes
Advanced File Level Restore  yes  yes
Instant Off-Site Virtualization  yes  yes
VMDK/VHD Export  yes yes
Screenshot Backup Verification  yes
Message Level Exchange Recovery yes yes
Granular SharePoint Recovery yes  yes
Instant On-Site Virtualization yes


Traditional Backup vs. Intelligent Business Continuity

Traditional backup methods such as tape, disk, and strict NAS devices are no longer sufficient. In fact, leading edge business owners are finding them unacceptable. Technological innovations have set a new solution standard: Intelligent Business Continuity, going beyond data protection; delivering automated assurance, continuous protection, secured storage, and instant recovery.

Traditional Backup GOCI Intelligent Business Continuity
Can take weeks to recover data after a disaster occurs Downtime after a disaster is reduced to hours, minutes, or even seconds
High risk for human error due to heavy manual administration: 60% of on-site disasters are due to human error Full automation backup process - very little manual management required
Difficult to test if a backup is working properly Automated screenshots are taken and reported to ensure each backup was successful and can be booted at anytime
Time consuming and expensive to make copies of backups or to store backups in multiple locations Each backup is saved in multiple locations: local appliance and bi-coastal data centers
Backup speeds are slower Quick and efficient transferring of files to off-site data centers, even with low bandwidth or busy network environments.  Critical data can be prioritized to be transferred off-site first
Physical to virtual conversions can be time consuming and have a high failure rate Incremental backups can be instantly virtualized, rather than the entire backup chain
 No redundant backups in multiple locations, leaving high risk for original backup systems to be destroyed  Eliminates downtime in the event of disaster by allowing your business to runn off the secure cloud
Limited options for encrypting data, may not pass industry regulations (i.e. HIPAA, SOX) AES 256 and SSL key-based encyption ensures data is safe and meets industry regulations (i.e. HIPAA, SOX)
When recovering data, tape failure rates exceed 50% Minimal risk of corrupted backups or data loss
Potential for theft or loss of media

Off-site backups stored in SSAE 16 data centers


Business Continuity Checklist: 10 Questions to Ask Every Backup and Disaster Recovery Vendor

1. Do you provide a hybrid cloud backup solutions?
A hybrid cloud backup solution is optimal to achieve intelligent business continuity, as it encapsulates the best of the private and public models to form a feature rich, highly efficient, and affordable system.

2. Can you provide instant local virtualization?
Downtime costs you money. Being down for hours is simply unacceptable. Current BDR solutions should allow you to have servers booting instantly locally so that client services can be restored and back in the right place in a matter of minutes.

3. Can you provide proof of backup?
What proof do you have of successful data backup? Your BDR vendor should be able to provide screenshot verification.

4. Do you virtualize off-site?
It’s imperative to have the peace of mind that your critical business infrastructure can be brought online quickly in the cloud. This allows continuous uptime.

5. Do you deliver an off-site sync method that manages bandwidth?
It’s critical that a BDR solution be able to prioritize if data is local or off-site, thus managing bandwidth to provide greater flexibility, increased reliability, and higher transfer speeds of your off-site backups.

6. Do you have multiple data centers, in geographically diverse locations?
This is important for three reasons. First, it ensures that even if data is removed locally, there is a secure copy off-site that can be restored. Second, it saves money because your local device capacity does not have to cover your entire backup repository. And third, in case of a regionalized disaster, at least one data center location must not be affected.

7. Do you offer flexible contracts and upgrade policies?
Constant change is a fact of life in IT. It’s critical to select a vendor whose goal is to help its clients, by offering flexible contracts and upgrade policies.

8. Do you provide US based technical support?
If you’re in the middle of a backup or disaster crisis, you need the best technical and customer support available, at the time it’s required.

9. Do you focus exclusively on the Channel?
Choose a partner that is 100% committed to your success, and only succeeds when its partners succeed.

10. Do you offer Intelligent Business Continuity?
Only an intelligent business continuity solution takes BDR to the next level, to mitigate risk and keep your systems running in the event of a technical or natural disaster.