In any effective business disaster recovery plan, media rotation and storage plays a key role. If you’re considering having your backup tapes professionally stored and managed, it’s important to know how a media rotation service works. In this blog post, we take you behind the scenes of a media rotation service.
Tape Pickup and Delivery
Investing in a media rotation service ensures your backup data is always safe, secure and managed. A customized pickup and delivery schedule is implemented to support your backup schedule. Daily, weekly or monthly, a screened, uniformed data protection professional picks up your tapes and transports them to the media vault in a GPS-tracked vehicle. Simultaneously, the next tapes in your rotation schedule are delivered to you. A strict chain of custody is maintained during pickup and delivery.
A media vault offers the most secure, reliable, long-term data protection available. It minimizes risks to your backup tapes. Threats such as theft, media deterioration, and fire and water damage are neutralized with protection systems that include:
- Continuous temperature and relative humidity monitoring
- Strict access control
- Continuous digital surveillance
- Waterless fire suppression and detection systems
Your backup tapes are stored on specialized racking systems to minimize dust, debris and light contamination. Access to the media vault is limited to authorized, background-screened data protection professionals. Tapes from your media inventory can be requested anytime, including after business hours, on the weekends and during holidays.
Tape management is an essential component of a media rotation service. Your tapes are barcoded and tracked with tape management technology while they’re stored in the vault. A secure online portal lets you manage your inventory, adjust your rotation schedule as needed, and request specific tapes for delivery.
A big advantage of a media rotation service is the ability to recover your data at a moment’s notice. Your backup media is accessible 24/7/365. During a disaster or data loss emergency, your tapes are hand-delivered to your primary business location or an alternate data recovery hot site.
Media rotation keeps your data safe and enhances your company’s disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities. Invest in a media rotation service today!
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