Managing backups and data recovery is complex no matter what environment you work in. There are both short and long-term strategies you need to deploy, as well onsite and offsite backups. Recent technology changes have improved and changed how we handle onsite backups. However, these onsite solutions do not necessarily support long-term backup requirements.
Your Long-term backup and data recovery requirements most likely are different then your short-term storage requirements. You might have HIPPA requirements, data retention policies, encryption and offsite storage logistics to name a few of the things you need to deal with when considering long-term storage. You do not want to save any more data then you absolutely need to keep your total cost of ownership for your backup architecture to a minimum. Whatever solution you design you need to make sure you also simplify the management aspects of your solution.
In this white paper, five key considerations for long-term storage are discussed. These different considerations will provide you with some context of the things you need to think about when deciding on a long-term backup and data recovery strategy. By understanding as many issues as possible, you have a better chance of designing a workable, cost effective solution.