Store data for the long term with a cloud-based archiving solution

Managed services providers (MSPs) know that backups are critical for helping customers quickly restore recent data in the event of a loss. Backups should occur frequently and be easy to access. However, over time, not all data needs to be kept in short-term storage.

Cloud-based archiving is the solution MSPs need to help ensure that customers can retain older versions of data as needed. An archive helps ensure data is stored for the long term in an organized way and remains unchanged. A flexible, cloud-based environment ensures that storage space is never an issue for even large organizations.

N-able Backup offers backup archiving capabilities that help MSPs easily manage storage space and data organization for their customers. What’s more, N-able Backup archives are designed to help your customers meet long-term retention requirements for compliance regulations like HIPAA.

Backup retention options

Enjoy flexible retention options with backup archiving

Even if your client is not strongly regulated, maintaining a data archive is a wise practice. An archive allows your customer to access critical data years later—data that might seem trivial at the time it is stored.

N-able Backup makes archiving backups easy, helping ensure information can be kept for as long as necessary. You can use N-able Backup to customize your archiving policies to meet individual customer requirements, no matter the size of the file or the operating system. N-able Backup includes cross-platform support, including Windows, Mac OS X and UNIX, as well as application data archiving for SQL Server, MySQL, Exchange, Oracle, and SharePoint.

You’ll also enjoy industry-standard private key encryption, robust security features, and a central management dashboard designed for complete visibility.

Back up IT systems on a continuous basis to a virtual server

For your customers’ most critical data, you may want to set up a standby virtual server for immediate failover when disaster strikes. That’s why N-able Backup offers a continuous restore option using virtual disaster recovery and the hardware of your choice.

Using our proprietary TrueDelta technology, changes are tracked at the bit level, which enables fast, efficient backups. This, plus built-in deduplication and compression, make backups and restores as light as possible, so you can maximize transfer speeds without causing network bottlenecks.

N-able Backup offers round-the-clock data protection at industry-certified data centers, which are all either ISO-certified or SSAE-compliant. N-able Backup also provides rapid recovery options for both physical and virtual servers, allowing you to select the fastest source in the event of a disaster. This enables your customers to get back up and running again as quickly as possible.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a data archiving solution?

What is a data archiving solution?

A data archiving solution is software that allows companies and enterprises to efficiently store, retain, and retrieve vast amounts of historical data. This includes all sorts of file types that might be generated in the course of a company’s everyday operations, from images and documents to emails and web page content.

Many compliance regulations like HIPAA require you to store data for a given time period. Data archiving helps you better meet these requirements by storing data long term in its native form and context. This can be a complicated and cumbersome process, but N-able Backup makes it more streamlined and efficient for MSPs.

Data archiving is similar to data backups, but different in certain key ways. Backups are copies of data that can be used to quickly restore data and systems fast in the event live systems or data become corrupted, damaged, or otherwise lost. Data archiving, on the other hand, refers to the collected historical records of a company’s information, usually retained and accumulated over longer periods of time.

Is data archiving safe?

Is data archiving safe?

Data archiving is safe so long as certain guidelines are followed. Archives are like any other form of technology or infrastructure system, meaning that using subpar hardware and software and neglecting data security best practices can make archives susceptible to failure and therefore data loss.

Whereas backups can be run daily, or even hourly to ensure that all sensitive information and business-critical data is encrypted and stored in multiple locations, archives don’t need to be updated as frequently. However, unlike data backups, archived data should never be modified, which means that it’s important to also keep at least one redundant copy of archived data to ensure that it’s kept secure in the event of an unexpected crisis.

Why are data archiving solutions important?

Why are data archiving solutions important?

As data accumulates, it needs to be properly stored to be useful and searchable when it’s needed. Using the data archiving feature within N-able Backup helps keep information organized and easily accessible from a centralized and easy-to-use web console.

Robust data archiving practices help to prevent data loss by creating redundant, long-term copies of data that are stored in a secondary location. On the off chance that an employee deletes a vital file by accident, file backup solutions allow you to retrieve and restore data, even if the file was last archived weeks or years earlier.

Data archiving solutions help you and your customers meet legal and data retention standards and requirements. This includes ensuring that retention schedules are enforced in order to prevent potentially costly legal fines. In addition, the N-able Backup archive is designed to protect data, which is critical given that archives often include sensitive, business-critical information. The archives provide industry-standard, end-to-end encryption for data in transit and at rest.

Computer Backups vs. Archiving

Computer Backups vs. Archiving

Even seasoned MSPs have questions when it comes to archiving and backups — how is each defined, what makes them different, and which will be more valuable to customers? The definition of a computer backup is the copying of files and data from one machine onto a second medium, such as a hard drive. For businesses, computer backups are especially important, as businesses are at a high risk of losing confidential data as the result of security breaches, disasters and network failures. Archives on the other hand are a collection of computer files that are packaged together and saved some place other than the computer to create more disk storage.

According to ComputerWorld, “A backup is designed as a short-term insurance policy to facilitate disaster recovery, while an archive is designed to provide ongoing rapid access to decades of business information. Archived records can be placed outside the traditional backup cycle for a long period of time, while backup operations protect active data that’s changing on a frequent basis.”

Use data archiving in tandem with automated backups for added data protection

  • Flexible retention options ensure that data archiving works for you and your customers
  • Data archiving provides added safeguards to prevent data loss and helps you meet long-term storage requirements
  • Cloud-based environment ensures that storage space is never an issue