As president of Irvine, California-based Foundation Real Estate Advisors, Lerch started to become concerned about the way his company's data was being saved. Because the company used on-site external hard drives, he felt they were just one natural disaster away from losing everything. "No one takes those drives home at night," he says. "Essentially, our backup strategy would be useless if anything happened to our office or our equipment."
Looking for a Better Way
As a real estate advisory firm, the company generates a significant amount of documentation, Lerch explains, including land surveys, PDF files, client information, and other data.
Just before an office move, Lerch took a hard look at how all of this data was backed up, and he didn't like what he saw. The company had been using external hard drives with scheduling software. The applications reduced some of the manual backup chores, but Lerch still felt uncomfortable with the lack of security presented by having the drives on-site.
He considered switching to a tape drive system that would be stored off-site, but that would mean Lerch or another employee would need to bring the drives home every evening, which seemed both tiresome and potentially dangerous. If the drives were damaged in transit, for example, the company would lose a day's worth of data. And if Lerch were to forget to bring the drives back in the morning, he'd have to figure out a different way to do backup for that day.