You might not need as powerful an internet connection as you might think
In really remote areas (like Alaska), there might still be a case for sticking with backing up data to physical devices due to concern about the quality of the available internet connection. That, however, is highly unlikely to apply in Elk Grove. What may, however, still be a legitimate concern is the amount of bandwidth which can be eaten up by data backups and restores. There are, however, a few ways of dealing with this.
The first, and possibly the most obvious, is to make sure that they are performed out of hours, or at least when your network is at its quietest. This doesn’t necessarily involve paying in-house staff overtime (or arranging shifts), a good cloud data backup partner in Elk Grove will be able to help.
The second is to mix up full backups with incremental backups and differential backups. Full backups are exactly what they sound like. You back up all your data. Incremental backups only backup data which has changed since the last backup and differential backups only back up data which has changed since the last full backup. Incremental backups require less resource but it can be harder to restore from them and differential backups are the opposite.
Last but not least, compression can really help to reduce the size of the files you upload, especially if you have a lot of “bulky” media such as video and images.
It may be possible to backup sensitive data to the public cloud
If you’re already in a public cloud, then you’ve presumably already checked that your data is suitable for it. Even so, you should encrypt your data before it leaves your main public cloud and travels through the public internet. If you’re working in a private cloud (or a data center), then you may not be able to use the public cloud as a means to access your data when it’s in the clear, but it may still be possible to use the public cloud to store data backups, you’d just encrypt them on your own servers and keep them encrypted in the public cloud.
The alternative, of course, would be to use a second private cloud and while this could be more expensive, the cost would have to be looked at in the context of the extra options it could offer, in particular as a disaster-recovery solution.
Cloud disaster recovery requires more than just a cloud data backup
While a cloud data backup is the foundation of a cloud disaster recovery solution, it’s far from all that’s required. You also need to think about how users are going to access and work with the data. If you’re able to use a public cloud, then you could potentially have an all-in-one solution there. Just decrypt your data and make sure that you have everything you need to go alongside it, for example, an operating system and applications. Obviously, make sure that this is well-tested before you rely on it for real.
If you’re working in a private cloud, but backing up to a public cloud, you would then need to think about where this would leave you in terms of disaster recovery. If you can’t decrypt your data in the public cloud (for security reasons), then you can’t work with it in the public cloud. That means you either need to be able to restore to your main private cloud or have a second private cloud on standby with everything you need to restart operations.
This does, of course, raise the question of whether or not it would be sensible just to backup to this private cloud in the first place and the answer to that question would probably boil down to how much extra it would cost (as compared to backing up to the public cloud) and how much convenience you would gain by this approach.
You need a strategy for deleting your data backups
If you are holding sensitive data, then you will probably be mandated to keep it only for as long as it is needed (and even if you’re not, it’s a sensible policy). If you’re not, then, in principle, you can keep your data backups for as long as you like, but you’ll be paying for storage all that time, so it makes sense to delete them once they are out of date.
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