Backups are there to protect your operations and to ensure redundancy. You must be able to depend on your backup solution when disaster strikes but organizations often neglect to truly examine the reliability of the backup solutions that they choose. Reliability can drop over the lifetime of a backup solution, and backup solutions can become less “fit” for purpose too.
The question matters whether you are considering physical media for backup, or whether you have decided to host your backup in the cloud with a BaaS (backup-as-a-service) vendor. Both routes have questions about longevity.
In this article, we examine what qualifies as a backup, and look into the longevity of different backup media and how fit for purpose these options are. We also compare cloud backup as that solution also has factors you need to consider when it comes to longevity.