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What you need to know about data backup in Yuba City
Data backup is the process of taking a snapshot of your data “as is” so that you can restore from it if necessary. The reason for needing to restore from backup could be as simple as erroneous data deletion (deliberate or accidental) or a complex as a major disaster-recovery exercise. Data backups have several practicalities that need to be considered and also several legal issues that need to be kept in mind at all times. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup in Yuba City.
The basic data backup process is largely the same for everyone
Regardless of the nature of your IT infrastructure or the specific type of data backup you’re using, the basic process is as follows. Identify the data to be backed up, collect it, compress it, encrypt it and then transport and/or store it.
Data-protection issues continue to apply end-to-end
First of all, you should only be collecting data that you actually need for a defined purpose and only holding it for as long as it is needed. Even if you are not (yet) required to do this by law, or a compliance program, it is most definitely the best and safest practice. What’s more it usually makes sense to finesse this strategy by separating the data you are keeping because you actually need it to provide a product or service from the data you are keeping because the law/compliance requires it.
Data you need to run your business should be backed up. Data you are keeping for legal reasons should be archived. The effective difference is that data backups are intended to be accessed quickly as the aim of taking them is to get you up and running again as quickly as possible. Data archives are basically digital deep freezes, where you keep files “just in case”. This means that the storage needed for data backups is usually more expensive than the storage needed for data archives. In some cases very much so.
Secondly, you need to treat the data you are backing up with the same degree of respect as you would treat production data. In other words, you need to think very carefully about its security, environmental, physical and digital.
Remember that even though you can enlist the help of a data backup partner, in fact, that’s often a very sensible option, legal (and ethical) accountability rests with you. This means that the safest approach is generally to look for a data backup partner in Yuba City or at least near Yuba City, rather than one which just offers services in Yuba City, but is based elsewhere.
You may be able to backup sensitive data to a public cloud
If you’re already in a public cloud then presumably (hopefully), you’re happy that your data is suitable for that environment. This means that backing up your data to another public cloud would not only give you protection against any issues with or in your current public cloud, but could potentially be an all-in-one data backup and disaster-recovery solution.
If you’re working in a private cloud (or a data center), then you could potentially still use the public cloud as a cost-effective way of storing data backups. The reason why this is feasible is that the data would be encrypted on your servers and kept encrypted until it was either needed for restoration or just deleted.
In this situation, however, you would need to find another alternative for disaster recovery. This would presumably take the form of a second private cloud (or data center) kept on standby. You’d need this to be linked to the public cloud you would be using for data backups and you’d need it to be able to export as well as to import as you’d need to resynch your data to your main cloud after the disaster situation was resolved.
The other option would be just to use a second private cloud for both data backups and as a disaster-recovery solution. This would probably be more expensive but could be a lot more convenient.
Sensible management can help to reduce data backup costs
Data backup partners include various factors in their pricing but two of the big ones are bandwidth and storage. If you practice robust data governance (which you should be doing anyway), you should only be backing up data you actually need. You can reduce your use of bandwidth by interspersing full backups with incremental and differential backups and making effective use of compression.
It’s also worth noting that many data backup partners increase their prices if clients need to access their data frequently, which is another argument for practicing good infrastructure management to reduce the number of failures. Managed IT services can help with this.
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