Menu
Disk backup has no higher risk than tape: CBRE

Disk backup has no higher risk than tape: CBRE

Real estate company sees value in going tape-less and backup up across multiple locations.

Backing up to disk carries no more risk than tape, according to CBRE.

Asia Pacific IT infrastructure and operations regional director, Darren Warner, said the real estate company has been tape-free for two years.

“Tapes involve humans and I don’t want humans to be involved,” he said.

“Humans fail and disks typically don’t, and if a disk fails you can just replace it with a new one.”

Besides the burden of paying for storage tapes, Warner said there was the challenge with people changing rotation of tapes.

Instead of backing up to tapes, CBRE saves data to disk in three geographies, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong.

Warner said losing all of those locations is akin to a “tape warehouse burning down.”

“People think their tapes are rock solid, but a warehouse storing the tapes can just as easily burn down as a datacentre,” he said.

For that reason, Warner said there is “no higher risk” in backing up on disk, and instead views it as more reliable and affordable in the long run.

“If you went back five years tapes were a lot cheaper, but if you look at where disk is today, it’s very cost effective,” he said.

No need for sovereignty

Warner admits some of his peers have expressed surprise at CBRE’s lack of tape, though over time they become more interested in the approach.

“We’re backing up across multiple locations in various geographies, so the risk of multiple datacentre failures in multiple continents is relatively low,” he said.

“You would have to be extremely unlucky to have three datacentres in those three locations to go down at the same time.”

As for the location of the data, Warner said data sovereignty is “not a major issue” for CBRE as a lot of the company’s data is already public.

“The strength of our data is we’re able to pull a lot of data sources together and digest it, so it’s not necessarily private or customer data,” he said.

Since CBRE aggregates publicly available data, Warner said the company does not have data sovereignty laws governing it.

CBRE is a customer of Veeam Australia.

Patrick Budmar covers consumer and enterprise technology breaking news for IDG Communications. Follow Patrick on Twitter at @patrick_budmar.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags tape-based backupdisk backupbackup & recoveryCBREbackup

Featured

Slideshows

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel

​As the channel changes and industry voices deepen, the need for clarity and insight heightens. Market misconceptions talk of an “under pressure” distribution space, with competitors in that fateful “race for relevance” across New Zealand. Amidst the cliched assumptions however, distribution is once again showing its strength, as a force to be listened to, rather than questioned. Traditionally, the role was born out of a need for vendors and resellers to find one another, acting as a bridge between the testing lab and the marketplace. Yet despite new technologies and business approaches shaking the channel to its very core, distributors remain tied to the epicentre - providing the voice of reason amidst a seismic industry shift. In looking across both sides of the vendor and partner fences, the middle concept of the three-tier chain remains centrally placed to understand the metrics of two differing worlds, as the continual pulse checkers of the local channel. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable, in association with Dicker Data and rhipe, examined the pivotal role of distribution in understanding the health of the channel, educating from the epicentre as the market transforms at a rapid rate.

Educating from the epicentre - Why distributors are the pulse checkers of the channel
Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017

After Hours made a welcome return to the channel social calendar last night, with a bumper crowd of distributors, vendors and resellers descending on The Jefferson in Auckland to kickstart 2017. Photos by Maria Stefina.

Kiwi channel reunites as After Hours kicks off 2017
Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel

Arrow Electronics introduced Tenable Network Security to local resellers in Sydney last week, officially launching the distributor's latest security partnership across Australia and New Zealand. Representing the first direct distribution agreement locally for Tenable specifically, the deal sees Arrow deliver security solutions directly to mid-market and enterprise channel partners on both sides of the Tasman.

Arrow exclusively introduces Tenable Network Security to A/NZ channel
Show Comments