Cloud data backup can be used on its own or in combination with offline data backup
The traditional rule of data backups is usually summarized as 3-2-1. This means that you have three copies of your data (one production, two backups), on two different media with one copy kept off-site. This rule was developed long before cloud computing so the underlying assumption is that you will be making two separate hard copies of your data, one being kept locally and the other moved off-site for safekeeping.
If you need or want the very highest levels of data security, then you could backup your data to a (different) cloud platform (public or private) to put one check in all three boxes. You could then supplement this with a locally-stored hard copy to complete the remaining requirements. If you are going to go down this route, then the onus is on you to store the local copy safely. This means not just protecting it from threats such as theft but also from environmental hazards that could corrupt, or even destroy, the data.
At this point in time, however, it’s worth thinking about whether or not you really need (or would at least benefit from having) a locally-stored hard copy of your data as it’s becoming increasingly irrelevant.
Even if you’re already in the cloud you can still use cloud data backup
If you’re already working in the public cloud, then your cloud vendor will usually take care of data backups as part of the service. That said, if you wanted to stick with the 3-2-1 strategy, you could still export your data to another cloud (either public or private) just to be on the safe side in case anything happens to your cloud platform vendor. Admittedly, if you go with a mainstream public cloud platform, this is highly unlikely, but, as always in life, nothing is guaranteed.
When you’re working in a private cloud, you have to decide for yourself what your backup strategy is going to be. One modern (and very pragmatic) interpretation of the 3-2-1 strategy is to backup to a public cloud and to another private cloud (this could actually potentially give you two offsite copies). You would then have to decide for yourself if you also wanted an on-site hard copy of the data.
Cloud-to-cloud data backups can be performed via software or hardware
While cloud-to-cloud data backups may sound complicated, there are both software- and hardware-based solutions, which can make it straightforward and cost-effective. Alternatively, you can just have an IT services vendor take care of it for you.
The legal/regulatory framework of cloud data backups
Laws can and do change both with place and with time, so companies should always make a point of checking what laws and compliance programs apply in any given place at any given time. They also need to make a point of keeping on top of any changes.
The guiding principle, however, is that companies should do whatever they can to protect sensitive data. For practical purposes, sensitive data means personal data and it’s important to remember that this includes the data of employees (freelancers and basically anyone who works for the company in any capacity) as well as customer data.
For the sake of clarity, it’s important to note that all responsibility for protecting sensitive data lies with the company which owns it, or in other words, the company to which it was given by the data subject. Companies do not discharge their responsibility towards data subjects by handing over data to a vendor, quite the opposite, they take on the additional responsibility of ensuring that the chosen vendor handles the data appropriately.
Reputable cloud data backup services in Placerville will take the protection of sensitive data at least as seriously as any of their clients. You also have the reassurance of knowing that local cloud data backup vendors will also have to respect the same laws and compliance regulations as you do. If not, you can pursue them through your local courts (or via local regulators). This is generally far simpler (and more affordable) than having to go through the service provider’s local legal system.
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