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What you need to know about data backup solutions in Roseville
For the majority of modern SMBs, access to data is one of the key factors in determining your company’s chances of survival, let alone its success. Using the right data backup solution for your needs is an integral part of making this happen. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup solutions in Roseville.
It is now standard to manage data backups through software
In principle, if you control your own IT infrastructure, then you can still opt for hardware solutions to manage your data backups. In practice, it’s hard to see any argument whatsoever for doing so. There was once a time when using a hardware solution to manage data backups was considered very convenient, especially since most of them came with integrated physical storage. These days, however, they are seen as not just cumbersome, but unacceptably vulnerable to failure. This means that your only decision is if you want to use standalone software or cloud-based software.
Standalone software can be useful if you’re running a more complex data backup strategy, especially if you’re combining backups to physical media with backups to the cloud. Cloud-based software can, however, be more appealing if you just want something to “get the job done”.
Backing up your data to a cloud is almost always the right approach
If you’re still running a data center then there may be a case for storing your local backup on physical media. Mostly, this case is about cost and reflects the fact that physical storage is a “buy-once-use-many” purchase and, currently, a very affordable one.
Even in a data center, however, you probably want to use the cloud as your off-site storage location. In this situation, the cost-benefit analysis changes, because you not only have to buy the physical media, but you also have to arrange for it to be transported off-site, stored appropriately (usually at extra cost) and transported back again if needed. With the cloud, however, you’d just upload your data, have it stored safely and, possibly most importantly of all, have it available for immediate download if you ever needed it.
If you’re already in a cloud, public or private, then it’s hard to see how there would ever be a business case for taking data backups to physical storage. In the real world, cloud-to-cloud backups would typically be the only sensible option.
Sensitive data and the public cloud
In simple terms, sensitive data can often be stored in a public cloud without being encrypted. This is, of course, not guaranteed. Companies would need to check on a case-by-case basis with reference to the specific laws and compliance programs they need to follow. It is, however, fair to say that the mainstream cloud providers are well aware that it is very much to their advantage to be recognized as compliant with the data protection laws and the major compliance programs.
Even if sensitive data cannot be stored in a public cloud in its “clear” state, it can usually be stored encrypted. Again, this is not guaranteed, but it is true more often than not.
What this means in practical terms is that just about anyone could use the public cloud as a place to store their data backups, but only some companies will be able to use it as a complete disaster recovery solution.
Data backups and disaster recovery
A robust data backup strategy is fundamental to a robust disaster recovery strategy, but on its own, it’s not sufficient. In simple terms, getting back into production after a disaster means having access not just to your data, but to the tools you need to work with it, such as an operating system and applications.
What this means in practice will depend on your operating environment. If you are running a data center, then you will need to set up a second data center. You could, however, and probably should use the public cloud to hold your data backups and transmit them to your recovery location. If you’re in a public cloud, then it typically makes sense to use a second public cloud both to hold your data backups and as a disaster recovery location.
If you’re in a private cloud, you will need a second private cloud as a disaster recovery location. That means you can choose between using the public cloud to store your data backups and, if necessary, having it transmit the data to your disaster recovery cloud, or just holding your data backups in your disaster recovery cloud. The former is usually more cost-effective, but the latter can be quicker.
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