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What you need to know about data backup services in Sacramento

For many modern businesses, data is money. It may have a direct financial value, or it may simply be what your staff needs to do their work and hence bring in revenue. This means that any loss of data, even temporary, can have a very negative impact on your business. Fortunately, data loss is preventable, even for SMBs on a modest budget. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup services in Sacramento.

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You can delegate tasks but not accountability

Legally (and ethically) you are responsible for making sure that any data you hold is treated in a way that is acceptable to the law (and compliance regulators). You can delegate tasks to a data backup services vendor. In fact, it often makes a great deal of sense to do so, especially for SMBs. What you cannot do, however, is delegate your legal responsibilities to them. This means that you need to select your data backup services vendor carefully, put a robust contract in place and make sure that they are complying with it. If they are not, you need to take action immediately.

In the real world, this means that you typically want to give a strong preference to data backup services vendors in Sacramento rather than data backup services that offer services in Sacramento, but which are actually based elsewhere. Quite bluntly, a contract only has meaning if you can enforce it in practice and the closer the other party is located to you, the easier this becomes.

Storing off-site data backups in the public cloud is usually the most sensible option

Most companies still follow the tried-and-tested 3-2-1 strategy. That means they keep three copies of their data (including the production copy), over two media (which includes clouds), with one copy being kept off-site. These days, of course, the terms on-site and off-site have a bit of flexibility to them. For example, cloud infrastructure may be located somewhere other than your physical premises, but your standard cloud infrastructure is still classed as your on-site location as it’s where you usually do your work.

In a data center environment, there may be a case for saving your on-site data backup to physical media. That way you only have to buy the storage once (currently at a very affordable price) and since you’re running a data center, you’ll presumably have safe on-site storage facilities. If you’re already in a public or private cloud, by contrast, then you’ll automatically be taking your “local” back-ups to your local cloud.

With off-site backups, the rationale for using the public cloud varies depending on your everyday environment. For example, in a data center, the fact that you need to pay for bandwidth and storage is offset by the fact that the alternative is transporting physical media to an off-site location, where there is usually a cost for storage. With physical media, you then have to go and retrieve your devices if they are needed for a restore, whereas with the cloud, you just need to download your data from the internet.

If you’re already in a public cloud, then it’s hard to see a business case for doing anything other than backing up to a second public cloud. Not only does this protect you against the erroneous deletion of your data (accidental or deliberate), but it also lays the foundation for a very cost-effective disaster recovery solution. Just add the tools your staff members need to work with the data (for example an operating system and applications) and you have protection against disruption to your main cloud.

If you’re working in a private cloud, storing your data backups (encrypted) in a public cloud allows you to balance economy with convenience. The likelihood is that you’ll be doing most of your restores to your main cloud, which means that the restore time will be identical regardless of whether you use the public cloud or your disaster recovery cloud.

The only time using the public cloud will slow you down is if you need to activate your disaster recovery cloud. This is because you will need to transmit your data from the public cloud to your disaster recovery cloud (and then decrypt it), whereas if you’d stored your data backups in your disaster recovery cloud, they would already have been on-site. You can, however, mitigate this issue by operating a strategic, tiered-recovery strategy.

Tiered recovery basically means that you prioritize the recovery of your data according to its importance for your everyday operations. That means staff can get on with essential tasks while they wait for the system to be fully restored.

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