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What you need to know about business data backup in Lodi

It doesn’t matter if you’re the tiniest of tiny SMBs or a major corporation. You probably have data that matters a lot to your business. If you do, that data needs to be protected against both theft and accidental loss. For the average SMB, protecting against data theft means getting a good managed IT security vendor on your side. Protecting against data theft means having a robust business data backup strategy in place. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about business data backup in Lodi.

Business Data Backup Lodi

Your business data backup is a snapshot of your production data

A business data backup takes everything in your production systems and copies it “as is”. This is the big difference between business data backups and data archives, which save specific data for specific reasons (typically compliance). This means that the better you manage your production systems, the more efficient your business data backups will be.

Minimize the data you keep in your production systems

There was once a time in IT when it was far from uncommon for people to hoard data because they thought it was safer than deleting it. That wouldn’t have been true even then and it certainly isn’t true now. It would, however, have been less financially-damaging then than it is now because physical storage has been very affordable for many years and once you buy it, it’s yours to use as you wish.

In the cloud, however, you pay for exactly what you use for exactly as long as you use it. This means that minimizing the data you hold is not just a security benefit, but also a financial benefit.

For the most part, minimizing the data you collect will require you to think about what you collect (and why). It can, however, also be helpful to think about how you collect it. You want to create user interfaces that guide and encourage users to enter complete and accurate data.

Part of this is about thinking of the technicalities of data entry. This is particularly true if you’re having external users enter data since they are increasingly likely to be using mobile devices. It’s arguably even more true if you’re having internal staff capture customer data using mobile devices as they are probably even more likely to make errors.

Part of it is also often about encouraging users to enter accurate data rather than just data that gets past validators. There is a big difference. People can knowingly enter fake data. This is especially likely if you’re collecting personal data from external users. Explaining to them why you want the data and what will be done with it can, however, go a long way to persuading them to cooperate.

You can fine-tune your storage settings and RTOs

In the cloud, faster storage costs more than slower storage. It is therefore sensible to use the slowest possible storage speed for any given type of data. This, of course, highlights the importance of knowing your data when working in the cloud.

Your choice of storage speed can then inform your Recovery Time Objective. This defines how long you can wait for your data to be recovered. As a rule of thumb, data that needs to go into fast storage also needs to be recovered as quickly as possible and vice versa. This knowledge can then feed into your choice of storage for your online data backups of which there will usually be two (one in your usual cloud and one in a secondary cloud).

This means that if you get to grips with managing the cost of storage in the cloud, you can make three times the savings by implementing the same approach to storing your online data backups.

You can store sensitive data in the public cloud

Even if you are in a regulated industry, you can usually store sensitive data in a public cloud. This may mean keeping it encrypted all the time it is on that public cloud, but it may not. The major public clouds are increasingly likely to be compliant with data protection laws and compliance programs, so you might be able to decrypt your data within them. This option could at least be worth investigating as it could offer a cost-effective route to a full disaster recovery solution.

Your storage options can also inform your RPOs

Your Recovery Point Objectives define how often your data needs to be backed up. As a rule of thumb, data that needs to go in fast storage tends to be updated frequently and therefore tends to need to be backed up frequently and vice versa.

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