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There may still be a case for archiving to tape (although even here the cloud is taking over), but when it comes to data backup, most companies, especially SMBs, are only too happy to see the back of them. Even if you don’t have the best internet connection, a combination of astute data backup strategy and compression may allow you to take advantage of the cloud. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about cloud data backup in Woodland.

You can potentially use cloud data backup even without a brilliant internet connection

These days there are probably very few SMBs in the Woodland area which still have concerns about their internet connection, but if you do then the cloud might still be an option for you as long as you backed up astutely.

The fact of the matter is that in the real world there is usually no practical justification for always taking a full data backup. It usually makes a lot more sense to intersperse full data backups with incremental backups (only backing up data which has changed since the last backup) and differential backups (only backing up data which has changed since the last full backup).

Essentially, the choice between incremental and differential backups is a choice between paying later or paying now. Incremental backups need fewer resources to perform, but it can be a challenge to restore from them. Differential backups need more resources, but it’s usually very straightforward to restore from them.

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Compression can help to reduce the burden even further. How much of a difference it will make will depend on your data types. Usually, “heavier” files such as video and images will compress down further than “lighter” files such as documents.

You may be able to back up even sensitive data to the public cloud

Backing up data to the public cloud is very different from using it in the public cloud. The reason for this is that you can encrypt the data on your own servers and keep it encrypted as it goes through the internet and onto the servers in the public cloud platform and, of course, also on the way back if you need to restore from it. In other words, it is never in the clear except on your own servers, which would presumably have appropriate protection. Ideally, you would also control your own encryption keys for maximum security.

If you’re still not comfortable with the idea of backing up data to a public cloud then you might want to look at backing it up to a private cloud. The additional expense of this could be offset by the fact that it could form part of a disaster-recovery solution.

Cloud data backups are an integral part of cloud disaster recovery solutions

You could say that cloud data backups are the foundation of cloud disaster recovery solutions. They are, however, far from the whole store. You then need to think of the tools staff will need so that they can actually make use of the data, for example, what will they do for an operating system and applications?

If you’re already backing up to a public cloud, then it would probably be fairly straightforward to use this as your disaster recovery solution. One point to note, however, is that each public cloud vendor has its own charging structure, so it would be advisable to make sure you were comfortable with this before deciding whether or not to go down this route. You’d also have to commit to reviewing the cost periodically as vendors update their pricing fairly regularly.

Another point to note is that you are likely to find yourself using on-demand pricing, since you’ll presumably only be using the second public cloud periodically and are therefore less likely to get value out of making advance purchases and/or looking for volume discounts.

Cloud data backups work best together with a robust archiving strategy

One potential issue with cloud data backups is that the fact that they eliminate the need for physical media makes it somewhat easier to lose conscious track of just how much data you are backing up and to get into the habit of making backup after backup after backup without stopping to check if the data you are backing up is even relevant.

For this reason, it’s important to have a process for identifying dormant data and either deleting it or having it properly archived. Otherwise, you can soon find your cloud data backup costs mounting up to an excessive level.

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