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What you need to know about data backup solutions in Auburn
It’s a cliche but it’s true. Those who fail to prepare, prepare to fail. The good news is that technology, and in particular, the cloud, have made it a whole lot easier to prepare for disruptions to your business. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup solutions in Auburn.
Everything starts with good data management
As an absolute minimum, you need to know what data is sensitive, what data is active (versus dormant) and what data is subject to compliance requirements. You then need one or more processes to ensure that sensitive data is treated appropriately, regardless of whether it is in production or archived, that all data is either archived or deleted when it becomes dormant and that any archived data is kept for as long as necessary but no longer unless this is both legal and desirable.
If you can take this a step further and grade your data according to how essential it is for your everyday operations, then you can finesse your data backup strategy to facilitate a “tiered recovery”. This is when you recover data in order of priority. Using the tiered-recovery approach can be an effective way of making sure you get your most critical data as quickly as possible, while still keeping costs moderate.
Remember to keep the law in mind
As touched on in the previous point, data-protection and compliance laws apply to data backups and archives in the same way as they apply to production data. Remember, that you are legally (and ethically) responsible for ensuring that the data you collect is treated appropriately. You can delegate tasks, but not accountability. This means that you need to think carefully about the platforms and IT services vendors you use, supervise them appropriately and be prepared to take action, including legal action, when necessary.
All this is a strong argument for sticking with local platforms and vendors as much as possible. Be aware that some companies offering data backup solutions in Auburn may actually be located elsewhere. This may be fair enough if they are still near Auburn (for example in Sacramento), but there are limits to how far you can push the description of “data backup solutions in Auburn” and you’ll have to decide for yourself what they are.
The 3-2-1 strategy is still good, but these days the cloud is usually better than physical media
According to the 3-2-1 strategy, you need three copies of your data, over two media, with one copy to be kept off-site. In the old days, this meant having a local production copy and a local back-up, usually on the same physical storage, plus an off-site copy on a different physical device. These days, however, the only situation in which it still makes sense to use physical storage for data backups is if you’re running a data center and even then you would generally only use it for your local copy.
If you’re in the cloud, you might choose to use a physical device to store your archived (dormant) data, although you’d usually do so in addition to keeping a cloud archive. It is, however, far from unusual for companies just to use cloud archives and avoid the issues of dealing with physical media. When it comes to backing up data, however, cloud-to-cloud data backups are usually the only sensible way to go.
Public clouds versus private clouds
If you’re in a data center or a public cloud, then it usually makes the most sense to back up your data to another public cloud, albeit for different reasons. If you’re in a data center, then presumably you either can’t or won’t use the cloud as a working location (at least for the present), but you could still make use of it as convenient and economical storage.
If you’re in a public cloud, by contrast, then you’re presumably perfectly happy there, so backing up your data to an alternative public cloud would be an easy way not only to protect yourself against mishaps in your main cloud but also give you a plan B if anything happened with your main cloud platform (although you’d need to add the necessary working tools to create a full disaster-recovery solution).
If you’re in a private cloud, you can use the public cloud as a storage location for your data backups (as long as you encrypt your data on your own servers first and keep it encrypted until it is either used or deleted). Alternatively, you could simply store your data backups in your disaster-recovery cloud.
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