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A quick guide to online data backup services in Folsom
Online data backups are often the only solution which makes sense for many modern businesses. They work in a very similar way to traditional data backups, but there are some key differences too. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to online data backup services in Folsom.
The concept of local and off-site usually works a bit differently
If you’re still in a data center, then your two local copies will probably literally be on-site. If, however you’re in the cloud, then your regular cloud infrastructure is very likely to be separate to your main business premises and therefore, technically, off-site. Resist any temptation to let this fact produce a false sense of security.
The fact is that whatever way you look at the situation, if you only have online data backups in your regular cloud, then you have no comeback whatsoever if anything happens in or to that cloud. If, however, you have an online data backup stored in a second cloud, then you can not only use it to restore to your main cloud, but also to get you up and running again if anything happens in your main cloud.
Online data backups and disaster recovery
As a rule of thumb, regardless of your regular working environment, the public cloud is usually the best place to hold your online data backups. You can usually store sensitive data there, although you may need to keep it encrypted. The public cloud may also be the best place for your disaster recovery solution which is essentially an online data backup, plus the tools needed to work with your data, such as an operating system and applications.
Disaster recovery in data centers
If you’re in a data center, then you will presumably need a second data center to act as a disaster recovery solution, but the public cloud is generally a much more convenient and reliable option than moving physical storage media by road. It therefore usually makes sense to use online data backups as your off-site solution.
Disaster recovery in the public cloud
If you’re already in the public cloud, then the public cloud is clearly suitable for your needs. It therefore generally makes sense to use another public cloud both to hold your online data backups and as a complete disaster recovery solution. Per the previous point, resist any temptation to “save money” by relying on the automated online data backups offered by many public cloud vendors. It is false economy and could come back to bite you in a nasty way.
First of all, in the public cloud, security is a shared responsibility. It is your cloud provider’s responsibility to secure their platform against external threats, but it is your responsibility to secure your own access to it against misuse and compromise. If one of your own accesses is used to delete data you need (accidentally or through malice) then that is your problem, it has nothing to do with your cloud provider.
Secondly, even major public cloud providers can have outages and while you might get compensation for the inconvenience over the long-term, that won’t help you in the short term.
Disaster recovery in the private cloud
If you’re in a private cloud, then your first decision is whether or not you actually need a second private cloud to act as a disaster recovery solution. The answer to this question will depend, at least in part, on whether or not you can find a public cloud which supports the data-protection laws and compliance programs which apply to your location and/or industry.
This is increasingly likely. It may not be enough to tempt you into the public cloud as a regular solution. It may, however, be enough to tempt you into using the public cloud not just as a place to store your online data backups but as a disaster recovery location.
If it isn’t, or at least not yet, then you have two main options. Option one is to use the public cloud to store your online data backups and to transport the data between your main private cloud and your disaster recovery private cloud as the need arises. Option two is just to store your online data backups in your disaster recovery cloud.
Option one is usually the most cost-effective, sometimes by a long way, but it does mean that you have to move your data from one cloud to another (and decrypt it) before you can get back into production after a disaster situation. If this could be a major issue for you, then you might be safer to choose option two.
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