Businesses need to keep their data safe from both accidents and deliberate attacks. An effective data backup strategy plays an important role in this. At the end of the day, however, a strategy is only as effective as its implementation. In other words, you need more than good plans, you need good actions and good tools. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup storage in Placerville.
1. The better you know your data, the better you can manage your storage
A data backup is a snapshot of your production systems. Therefore anything to do with managing your data backups starts in your production systems. At an absolute minimum, you want to ensure that everything in your production systems is complete, accurate, and active. Dormant data should either be deleted or archived.
Ideally, your organization should go much further than this. What you would like is for your data to be segmented according to its business function and priority. That way, you stand the best chance of being able to organize your recovery strategy to suit your business needs. This can be a lot easier in the cloud than in a data center but it is still worth taking into consideration even in a data center.
2. If you’re in the cloud then you generally want to use the cloud for data backup storage
In the cloud, you generally want the standard two data backups. One will be kept in your usual cloud as your “local” backup and the other will be your “off-site” backup. Given that you’re already working in an online environment, using a second cloud for your second backup is generally the only sensible option. Most of the time, using the public cloud for your off-site data backup backup is generally the only sensible option.
The reason for this is that it’s massively more economical to use the public cloud for data backup storage than it is to run a second private cloud on a full-time basis. This means that even if you feel you need a second private cloud as a business continuity/disaster recovery solution, the pragmatic approach is generally to activate it only when you need it and then transfer your data backup to it from the public cloud.
You may, however, want to think carefully about whether or not you genuinely do need a second private cloud for use in business continuity/disaster recovery situations. These days, the mainstream public cloud providers are increasingly capable of complying with the major data protection laws and compliance programs. This may not be enough to convince you to use the public cloud as your everyday solution but it could be enough to justify using it on a short-term basis, such as for business continuity/disaster recovery.
3. If you’re in a data center then it often makes sense to use the cloud for your off-site data backup
Offline media does benefit from the physical firewall effect. This extra security does, however, have to be weighed carefully against the speed of being able to download from the cloud, especially if you’re in an urban area like Placerville. The reality of urban environments is that the road network can be massively more congested and open to disruption than an internet connection.
It also has to be noted that having a data backup stored in the cloud can make it possible to use the cloud as a business continuity/disaster recovery solution. This could allow for a lot more flexibility in your working practices and these days that flexibility can be, literally, invaluable.
4. Backing up to physical storage
If you do want to use physical media for data backup storage, then, currently, your only practical options are likely to be tapes and hard drives.
Tapes are generally used by companies that have already invested in the necessary hardware (e.g. tape drives) and want to get the most out of their investment. Over the long term, tapes are a very economical solution. They are also very robust. Unfortunately, they are also very slow and cannot be searched effectively.
If you are implementing a new system from scratch, then hard drives are likely to be the better option overall. They are more affordable and simpler to implement, quicker, and easily searchable. The main problem with them is that they are also very delicate. This isn’t necessarily a huge issue if you’re keeping them in a data center but may become one if you want to transport them to off-site storage.
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