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Choosing a data backup vendor in Auburn

If you ever have a problem with your data being corrupted or lost, then your priority is to get it back – quickly. This is exactly why it’s important to have a robust data backup strategy, even if you’re working in the public cloud. With that in mind, here are some points to consider when choosing a data backup vendor in Auburn.

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Look for a vendor with experience in cloud data backups

The chances are that you’re already in the cloud, at least to some extent. You may even be completely in the cloud. Even if you’re not, then the chances are that you’re going to be in the future and probably not the long-distant future either. It’s therefore likely to be a good idea to look for a data backup vendor who has experience in back up both from the cloud and to the cloud and, in particular, from one cloud to another (C2C backups). This will give you maximum flexibility both now and in the future.

If you are already in the cloud, then you may want to look at what SaaS apps you are using and see if you would like backups performed directly from them (or at least to have that option). Similarly, if you’re thinking of moving to the cloud, think about what you might be using and see what kind of support there is for it.

Make security your highest consideration

At this point, security should almost always rank above any other consideration, including customer service and price. Robust security is an investment as well as an insurance policy and you need to recognize this and be prepared to pay for it.

Robust digital security starts with robust physical security. This means that you need to check, actively, that any vendor who has access to your data is storing it in premises that have meaningful security features. You also need to be comfortable that they are practicing good cybersecurity themselves and conducting appropriate checks on their staff.

Last, but definitely by no means least, you’ll need to think about balancing the need to keep your data secure with the need to access it when necessary. If you’re backing up to a cloud, you want to think about ease of access management including (and arguably especially) the ability to disable accounts and two-factor authentication.

Ideally, the latter should work either via token or via an app on a mobile device rather than just by text message and, of course, appropriate precautions should be taken to protect the mobile device. Not only do you need a proper antivirus on it but, if relevant, you need to protect the account that controls the SIM card to prevent it being taken over by hackers.

Be clear on your legal position

Possibly this should have gone ahead of security, but in practical terms, if you are practicing robust security then you are probably keeping yourself on the right side of the law. The reason the law deserves a specific mention is that it varies according to place (and can change over time). Service providers generally specify in their contracts that their local law applies and that any disputes are settled by their local courts. This means that it’s a very good idea to double-check where a vendor is actually based (both legally and physically).

In short, if you just search for “data backup in Auburn”, the chances are that the results you get will be a mixture of data backup companies located in Auburn (or in the vicinity of Auburn) and data backup companies which offer services in Auburn, but which are actually located elsewhere. If you choose a data backup vendor in Auburn (or at least near Auburn, for example in Sacramento), then their local laws and courts will be your local laws and courts (and, of course), vice versa. This can make your life a whole lot easier in the event of a dispute.

Understand the vendor’s data deletion policy

Ideally, you want there to be a process in place which minimizes the possibility of accidental data deletions, but you also want to be sure that when data is deleted, it is deleted properly. Both of these points are particularly true when you are dealing with sensitive data and this includes data relating to your employees, as well as your customers.

This is one area of data backup management which really highlights the difference between working in a public cloud and working in a private cloud. In the former, you essentially get what the vendor can give you (albeit at a very cost-effective price), whereas with the latter you have a much higher degree of control.

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