Would you be better ditching desktop drives for Backup24?

Would you be better ditching desktop drives for Backup24?

We all know that it’s important to back up your files, particularly when you’re working to deadline and for clients. Traditionally, the best practice for this has been to use an automated service like Apple’s Time Machine to back up your files to a local desktop drive. But would you be better taking things to the cloud? 

Using desktop drives for backup has long been popular because it’s immediate, your data is on hand to restore from in an emergency, and there’s something reassuring about having your backup within arm’s reach. However, as resolutions keep increasing, file sizes balloon and clients demand more versions of projects for different platforms, finding space for backup copies of all your files is increasingly challenging. Which is where Backup24 comes in.

How does Backup24 help?

Lower costs

Backup24 costs a flat rate of £40 per TB, per month. A 1TB, professional quality drive is likely to set you back significantly more than this – a rugged LaCie drive is £115 ex VAT, for example. You also have to pay for power to run then, find space to store them, and spend time setting them up, checking the backups have worked and checking the drives are still hearty, hale and haven’t failed.

No management needed

Our engineering team will check your backups daily, and you’ll get regular reports confirming that everything’s OK, or alerting you if there was a problem. There’s no extensive setup process, there’s no need for online training to learn how to back up your files (as is the case with some other cloud storage systems), and there’s no need for you to spend time checking all transfers have worked and no drives have failed.

And if you need to access older data, there’s no risk that a file stored in Backup24 will have become inaccessible, whereas a hard drive left to collect dust for a few months may well fail on startup, and any data on it will be lost.

Capacity and scalability

If you’re buying drives on an ad hoc basis, it’s difficult to predict when you’re going to need storage and how much you’ll want, meaning an unpredictable spending cycle and no solid plan if you ever need to scale up. With Backup24, you pay a flat fee of £40 per TB per month, and all it takes to increase the amount of storage available to you is a phone call to our sales team (number below).

Data security

Your data is being backed up to our UK-based Tier 2+ data centre, which means not only is it secure in the sense that it’s unlikely to fail, but we can also provide dedicated VPN access to your data. We’ll provide dedicated connectivity, which gives you a secure VPN connection to the data centre, with ringfenced bandwidth for your backups and restores (this is an extra £500 a month per 100Mbps of bandwidth you use).

Physical space

Moving to the cloud will allow you to free up all the space on your desks and in your offices that’s currently occupied by desktop drives, giving you more room to work.

Want to know more? Take a look at the details here, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email solutions@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

3-2-1 backup solutions for photographers

3-2-1 backup solutions for photographers

To mitigate against the ever-present threat of disk failure, a corrupted card or accidental deletion, backing up should be a major concern for any professional shooting images and video. Luckily, there’s a whole array of products that can help you follow the golden rule: always have three copies of your data, on two types of media and keep one backup copy offsite.

Backing up in the field

It’s best to ingest dailies and rushes as soon as possible after a shoot, then start making multiple copies straight away. You can ingest and duplicate straight on to mobile drives – we recommend a ruggedised one (i.e. one that’s got at least some drop and shock protection) like the G-DRIVE ev RaW Rugged 1TB hard drive. If you find yourself working in a particularly exotic location where water, sand and dust pose a threat to your backup copies, then choose drives with the added protection of an all terrain case.

Even the most rugged and reliable mobile drives can still fail, so a nifty way to make two simultaneous copies to disks is by using a RAID, and for backups in the field there’s nothing better than the Rugged RAID from LaCie. It’s even bus-powered over Thunderbolt too, so there’s no need to lug around an external power supply with you.

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Backing up in the studio

Depending on your field backup strategy, you might want to make additional copies when you’ve back in the studio. If you’ve backed up onto G-DRIVE ev modules then you can drop the mobile drives straight onto a RAID-protected storage array like the G-SPEED Shuttle XL ev, which adds further protection for your data against disk failures. If you only need one additional copy, you could drop backups on to a straightforward external drive. While there’s no redundancy built in should the drive fail, this is a popular fuss-free solution, and with external drives now sporting capacities of up to 10TB you get plenty of bytes for your buck. Take a look at our range of external drives here.

Backing up to other types of media

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Maxing out internal storage, cards and drives can get expensive, especially if you’re keeping multiple copies of your data. Offloading to lower cost media like LTO tapes or centralised NAS storage is a good strategy once you have an initial copy sorted. While it takes longer to recover data from tape than from other media, the cost per TB is exceptionally low and you don’t even need a centralised LTO tape library to benefit. The M-TAPE Thunderbolt Tape Drive is direct-attach over Thunderbolt, and this bundle comes with YoYotta software to index, backup, archive and restore all your camera ingests and track assets from production to post.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook