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The Disaster Recovery Objectives Your SFTP Provider Should Have
In terms of SFTP, disaster recovery is one of the most important qualities to focus on before you make the decision to go with any one particular provider. An unfortunately large number of things could potentially cause data loss before you know it - from failing hardware to user error to accidental deletion and more. SFTP disaster recovery objectives aren't designed to prevent these circumstances from happening, but instead are intended to make sure that you can resume your normal business operations without skipping a beat in the event that they do.
Your SFTP Provider Should Have These Two Disaster Recovery Objectives
Encrypted Backups to a Separate Location
Even though SFTP makes your data available anywhere, the physical location where that data is stored is still very important. Providers like FTP Worldwide, Exavault and SmartFile may allow you to encrypt your backups, but that information is still being stored in the same geographical location where your primary data is housed. If an Exavault server farm falls victim to a fire that causes a total loss, your primary data and your backup copies will be gone because of the exact same event. Another provider named BrickFTP says they have backup, but what they really have is a recycle bin for deleted files; your active (undeleted) data is not backed up.
FTP Today, on the other hand, stores your encrypted backups in a completely separate location. If a primary FTP Today facility suffers from a complete data center failure, you would never know it because all of your data was never stored in one place for this exact reason.
High Availability SFTP
Also commonly referred to as HA SFTP, high availability SFTP is designed to offer you maximum performance for all of your mission-critical data - even in the event of some type of catastrophic disaster. Different strategies can be employed to make this type of configuration possible, but the end result is the same: you never lose access to your data, period, regardless of what is going on. If the primary server that you're using with your SFTP provider goes down, you are automatically redirected to a secondary server.
FTP Worldwide, Exavault and SmartFile don't consider high availability SFTP to be a part of their traditional SFTP disaster recovery objectives. FTP Today does, meaning that even if you suffer from some type of data loss AND your connection to your primary server goes down for whatever reason (which is admittedly unlikely but not beyond the realm of possibility), you can still get up and running again as quickly as possible.
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About Martin Horan
Founder of FTP Today and an expert in secure file transfer and Internet protocols. A software and IT geek since a young age, Martin has successfully led his companies through the digital age by spotting market niches and filling them with quality IT services.