Backing up (BIG) Media Files

We’ve all heard the warnings – “backup your files or risk losing them”.  And ofcourse, this is excellent advice.  But understanding how and where to backup files can be a little trickier, especially if we’re talking about larger media files.

Let’s go back to the basics for a minute.  Standard practice for backing up important files is to have a primary secured copy, a secondary backup copy, and a tertiary copy (usually located remotely).

So let’s say you have a 5Gb media file that’s important to your organisation.  Storing a copy on the server is great (especially if there are regular backup procedures in place), Cloud storage is also a wonderful thing, but it only represents one copy of your precious file and you may want to check into upload/storage file size limits.  We still need a 3rd option.

An often overlooked third alternative is tape backup on LTO.  LTO is an open-source data tape storage and in its current generation of LTO-6 (released in Dec 2012), can store 2.5TB per tape.  LTO also has a longer shelf life than hard drives (up to 30 years) and is much more stable for long-term storage.  LTO drives can read back 2 generations (i.e. an LTO-5 drive can read back to LTO-3) and write back one generation.  And ofcourse a physical tape can be stored off-site, making disaster recovery much more likely.

For more information on LTO storage, contact Flume Media Archiving.

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