Why backup data offsite?
COMPUTING| Oct. 22, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
MTN Business Kenya CEO, Tom Omariba, tells Biztechafrica why companies need offsite data backup solutions.
SI: Why should data storage and backup services be a concern in the business world?
TO: Data storage and backup services is a must have. In the event of loss, reconstructing damaged or lost data can be so expensive since data is expensive and sensitive. Care should also be taken to ensure only approved persons access the data lest the data falls in the hands of wrong people. At MTN business data storage and back up is our key mandate and we have ensured security and integrity of our clients’ servers and data at our secured data centre.
SI: Who qualifies for MTN business back up services?
TO: Both startups and established corporates need backup solutions. The only requirement for all clients is a Local Area Network (LAN) connection and an IT expert to facilitate the maintenance from the clients’ end.
SI: How is data storage and backup done?
TO: Clients can decide to have own servers and only pay for storage space and allied services in our data centre. However this route can be so expensive if it is not your core business since a full back up system entails power, cooling systems security, and fire detection and suppression systems.
We also offer a cost effective and more reliable option where our clients outsource the data storage and backup without having to invest in own servers. Since technology changes so fast investing in own servers and software can be expensive since you shall need upgrades.
At MTN business you get the advantage of shared services like infrastructure for recovery meaning the overall cost is lower. This option eliminates capital expenditure for clients since that is undertaken by MTN business at shared cost and on large scale.
SI:Are there ways to cut down data backup costs?
TO: The days of vast capital outlay and resource hungry IT maintenance are over. Virtualisation of servers is the latest progression in data centre services and hosting. Most companies began with a collocation service requiring hardware to be placed in an MTN data centre, typically having to raise capital to purchase hardware as well as maintain it.
Once businesses count the expense of maintaining a server and the costs of required services, they move to managed hosting environment where MTN keeps the servers current and secure, allowing organisations to focus on their core business.
MTN Server Virtualisation offers the same features as conventional hardware-based server without the need for physical hardware, space in a data centre or resources to purchase and maintain the server.
SI:What benefits come with MTN Business data storage and backup services?
TO: Our systems are automated hence rapid and reliable recovery of data is ensured. It is also possible to do non-interruptive testing of our systems since a lot of these services are subject to audit especially for banking and insurance service providers.
Our clients do not have to worry about upgrade of their servers since we have heavily invested on that eradicating the headache that comes with procurement of upgrades in most companies. Since server storage is pour core business we ensure we have the latest upgrades to assure integrity of our clients’ data.
The beauty with outsourcing data storage to MTN Business is that you save on capital expenditure, cut cost on staff and other human resources and no headache whatsoever on power, security and maintenance.
SI:What latest data storage and back-up services is MTN Business offering?
TO: In 2011 MTN Business introduced server virtualization to take always the huge cost of investment form customers. There is a lot of waste in investing on physical server space which go obsolete rapidly. With server virtualization you no longer worry about upgrades since this process is automated meaning business can expand faster. Clients can also decide to have secondary backup outside Kenya and we can facilitate that at a cost.
The virtual server provided by the MTN server Virtualisation solution provides businesses with a complete server solution accessed via an MPLS network or the public Internet.
By default, the MTN virtual server is configured with typical components such as a processor, memory, hard drive capacity and network interfaces.
This configuration can be customized on demand allowing clients to modify the capacity of infrastructure temporarily or permanently within hours, providing instant expansion or contraction flexibility other hosting solutions are incapable of offering.
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