Cloud data backups is growing as an important consideration for most businesses today. Being online, operational and mobile is a sign of the times for your employees and making sure their mobile devices carrying around your data are backup up and secure.
Protecting your data against loss and corruption is one of the growing concerns for many businesses today. With most of our software and services we use being online, we now need to consider more effective ways to backup our data and restore it quickly.
The mobile generation has made using our data and sharing it over many devices and platforms commonplace, so our need to protect and recover that information has become increasingly important. In concept, the ideas are simple, although implementing an efficient and effective set of backup operations can be difficult.
WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A BACKUP PLAN.
Depending on the size of your business and how much data you need to backup and recover, will affect your approach on how you choose to backup your data.
When selecting a backup strategy consider the time needed to back up your data vs. the time needed to restore your data and then choose a method that best fits your business.
Typically, each alternative and strategy choice involves making trade-offs between performance,data protection levels, total amount of data retained and cost.
WHERE DO I BACKUP MY DATA, IN THE CLOUD OR IN MY OFFICE?
We can offer 2 types of backups for you depending on cost and the amount of data you need to backup.
- Local backup – You can choose backup a copy of your data on a machine in your office.
Advantage: faster backup and recovery times.
Disadvantage: Theft or damage makes the local machine vulnerable. You also have the added expense of managing another piece of hardware.
- Cloud Backup – Here you backup to a server at a seperate location ( in South Africa).
Advantage: More secure and as the server and your data is now stored at a separate location which. first time
Disadvantage: It can use a lot of data baking up your files and folders especially the first backup you do. You also need a fairly good data connection for your backups.
Cloud Tech can help you do the initial backup from a hardrive (bare-metal backup). – speak to us for more info
- Combination of both – You can also use a combination of both so you could backup all your designers data & heavy presentation, graphic and video to a local storage but choose backup all the quoting, sales and marketing collateral to the cloud.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT I NEED FOR MY BUSINESS?
Scenario: What do I do if my laptop crashes, what should I do first?
The term backup has become synonymous with data protection over the past several decades and may be accomplished via several methods. Backup software applications have been developed to reduce the complexity of performing backup and recovery operations. Backing up data is only one part of a disaster protection plan, and may not provide the level of data and disaster recovery capabilities desired without careful design and testing.
HOW EASY IS IT TO RESTORE MY DATA?
The purpose of most backups is to create a copy of data so that a particular file or application may be restored after data is lost, corrupted, deleted or a disaster strikes. Thus, backup is not the goal, but rather it is one means to accomplish the goal of protecting data. Testing backups is just as important as backing up and restoring data. Again, the point of backing up data is to enable restoration of data at a later point in time. Without periodic testing, it is impossible to guarantee that the goal of protecting data is being met.
I ARCHIVE MY DATA ALREADY, DO I NEED TO BACKUP AS WELL?
Backing up data is sometimes confused with archiving data, although these operations are different. A backup is a secondary copy of data used for data protection. In contrast, an archive is the primary data, which is moved to a less-expensive type of media (such as tape) for long-term, low-cost storage.