These days, managing data effectively probably ranks just behind managing cash effectively, when it comes to ensuring the long-term health of businesses, especially SMBs. Managing data backups is an integral part of both objectives, especially when you’re working wholly or mainly in the cloud as is typical of modern SMBs. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup solutions in Lodi.
If you’re running a data center
If you’re running a data center, then manage your data backup process through hardware or through standalone software and or through a cloud-based solution. Even in data centers, using a hardware solution is considered outdated and very risky due to the possibility of failure.
Cloud-based solutions can be useful if you’re backing up entirely to the cloud, but in a data-center environment, the standard (and very pragmatic) approach is to take one backup to hardware and one to the cloud, in which case standalone software is usually the best option.
This approach means that you have a local copy of your data you can use for standard restores, but if you ever need to restore from your off-site copy, you can do so immediately, rather than having to wait for your physical media to be brought back to your local site.
If you’re in a public cloud
If you’re in a public cloud, then you can definitely use cloud-based solutions and you are also likely to have a decent selection of standalone-software solutions. It is, however, strongly recommended to check that any software solution you are thinking of buying will work on virtual servers as well as physical ones. Most do, but this is not completely guaranteed.
In principle, you can backup your data to hardware, a private cloud or another public cloud. In practice, the common-sense solution is almost always to backup to a second public cloud and supplement your backups with everything you need to use your data, so you have a complete cloud disaster-recovery solution.
If you’re in the private cloud
If you’re in the private cloud, you have some interesting decisions to make. It’s highly unlikely that you’re going to want either to use a hardware-based solution or to back up to hardware. Theoretically, you could (assuming you have full control over your own servers), but doing so would not only expose you to the risk of hardware failure, but also reduce your ability to restore remotely, which is one of the huge advantages of the cloud.
For practical purposes, therefore, you have two decisions to take. First of all, you need to decide if you’re going to use a standalone-software solution or a cloud-based solution. Secondly, you need to decide whether you’re going to backup your data to a public cloud or a private cloud.
Standalone software versus cloud-based solutions
Standalone software typically gives you the highest degree of control and therefore tends to support the highest degree of customization and flexibility. For example, if you’d like to implement a tiered recovery strategy, then you may want to put different types of data into different types of storage, maybe even with different providers. Alternatively, you may just want to shop around for the best deal and have the option to move wherever and whenever you want.
Cloud-based solutions are more variable in their level of functionality. Many of them are offered by “Backup-as-a-Service” vendors who package them with storage for an all-in-one solution. This can be a convenient and cost-effective option for SMBs, especially the smaller ones.
clouds versus private ones
You can usually back up sensitive data to a public cloud provided that you encrypt it on your own servers first and keep it encrypted until it is either used for a restore or deleted. This means that it is generally possible to use public clouds for data backup, but not as a complete disaster-recovery solution.
This gives you two basic options. One is to backup your data to the public cloud and link your public-cloud platform both to your main cloud and your disaster-recovery cloud. The other is to forget about the public cloud and just use your disaster-recovery cloud to hold your data backups.
If your priority is to keep down costs, then you probably want to opt for the public-cloud option. If, by contrast, your priority is to minimize your recovery time, then you probably want to opt for the private-cloud option as this will save the time needed to transmit the data from one cloud to another and then decrypt it in the safe environment.
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