Note that all media are lossy long term. Tapes and DVD media have a limited life as do SSDs and old school HHD drives. We are talking here maybe 10 years before recovering data becomes a bit of a lottery, to keep data truly safe longer than that it needs to be regularly refreshed.
Where I work, we copy everything from the various workstations to a single backup server in another building that then writes to tape which goes off site every day. That is overkill in your case.
We investigated cloud solutions but, aside from issues with trusting mission critical data to someone else (we know of companies that went bankrupt because the US government closed down the mega-uploads server where they stored everything) it was impractical for our volume of data, it would have taken us 3 weeks to restore everything off cloud backup.
There are generally speaking three scenarios you need to worry about:
1) Power failure and or spikes/surges that wipe all unsaved work and potentially corrupt your boot disk. Solution - a cheap battery backup UPS. Considering the cost of most graphics workstations its almost criminal people do not pay out the extra few hundred for a basic UPS.
2) Drive failure in your workstation. You cover yourself for this one by either mirroring or regularly backing up your internal drives.
3) Loss of your entire workstation due to fire/theft/flood etc . These sort of disasters not only destroy the workstation but tend to wipe out any backup stored in a drawer or on a shelf in the same office in one fell swoop. This is the one that requires offsite storage (Or at very least a fire/bomb proof safe on your premises but that is risky). Note daily offsite storage can also allow recovery of mistakenly deleted or changed files and recovery from malware.
I would suggest:
1. getting a basic UPS
2. use mirroring to keep a warm backup of current data
3. Archive any older data and store it offsite. Update this offsite storage regularly.
Last edited by clannagh; 08-12-2019 at 10:18 PM.