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What you need to know about cloud data backup in Roseville

An effective cloud data backup strategy can protect you from data loss without eating up your budget. Here’s a quick guide to what you need to know about cloud data backup in Roseville.

Cloud data backup is essentially the same as traditional data backup

In the context of data backups, you can reasonably think of the cloud as being a storage medium like any other. This means that, if you were following the old 3-2-1 strategy and aiming to have three copies of your data (including the production copy) on two different media, with one copy kept off-site, then your main cloud would hold your production copy and your “on-site” copy and your secondary cloud would hold your third “off-site” copy.

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The better you manage your data, the easier data backups will be

On the whole, it’s great that storage of all sorts has become much more affordable across the course of time. The one downside, however, is that it makes it very easy for companies, even SMBs, to accumulate significant quantities of data.

When it comes to sensitive data (including the data from your own employees), the requirements of data protection do (or at least should) enforce some sort of discipline with the result that companies only collect what they need and only keep it for as long as they need it. When it comes to general data however, for the most part you can keep whatever you like for as long as you like and this can lead to a culture of keeping everything “just in case”.

In the days of data centers and tapes, this wasn’t necessarily too much of an issue (although there was a cost to it even then), but now that most SMBs are cloud-first if not cloud-native, there is a direct correlation between the quantity data they store and the cost of storing it and the fastest storage options (such as the sort normally used for data backups) typically incur the highest costs. What’s more the more data you store, the longer it takes to backup and restore, which generates further costs (even though they may be less obvious).

This means that if you are focusing your data governance only on sensitive data, it would be a good idea to clean up your general data as well. As a minimum, identify what data is being used and what is not and see if you can identify if data is lying dormant because it is being kept for compliance purposes or if it is lying dormant because nobody wants to be the one who takes ownership of the decision to delete it.

Remember, if you are in any doubt, you can always archive the data, in the cloud or on tape. Then, once you are past any compliance periods and if nobody complains, you can delete it with confidence. This will still probably work out more cost-efficient and less hassle than backing it up continually.

Your data backups can dovetail with your disaster-recovery strategy

An effective disaster-recovery strategy is one which gives you access to your data plus access to the tools you need to use it. There are basically two ways you can approach this. One way is to back up your data to a cloud that also functions as your cloud disaster-recovery solution and the other way is to back up your data to a cloud that is connected to both your main cloud and your disaster-recovery solution.

If you can use the public cloud for your everyday needs, then it often makes sense to back up your data to a public cloud which also has everything you need to get going again after a disaster. If you can’t use the public cloud for your everyday needs, then you could still use it as a cost-effective data backup solution. This would involve encrypting your data on your own servers and keeping it encrypted until it was either used or deleted.

Alternatively, you could use another private cloud for both your data backups and your disaster-recovery process. This might be more expensive, but simpler and more convenient.

Remember that data-protection rules apply to you not your vendors

Data-protection rules apply to the data owner. It’s up to the data owner to supervise any vendors they use. The closer a vendor is located to you, the easier it is for you to supervise them (and the easier it is for you to progress legal action if need be). For this reason, the safest option is to look for cloud data backup partners in Roseville, or at least Roseville, as opposed to cloud data backup partners which offer services in Roseville, but which are actually located elsewhere.

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