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What you need to know about data backup in Folsom

While managing cash flow may still be the number one priority of the average SMB, managing data must follow close behind. In fact, there’s often a strong connection, especially for companies that are working wholly or mainly in the cloud, as is the case for most SMBs. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup in Folsom.

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The better you manage your data, the lower your data backup costs will be.

Hopefully you can already identify sensitive data. If not, then you need to address this urgently. You’re probably already breaking the law and even if you’re not, it’s only a matter of time until you are. Ideally, you should also be able to identify what sensitive data is in active use and what is dormant. You should also be able to identify why dormant data is being kept because you should only keep it for as long as it is actually needed. This is often a legal requirement and again, if it’s not, it probably soon will be.

For general data, you should also be able to identify what is active and what is dormant. It’s also preferable if you can identify why dormant data is being kept. This isn’t a legal requirement but it can be very helpful for reducing costs.

You only want to backup active data

This is one of the golden rules of data backups and there are two main reasons behind it. First of all, it reduces your exposure to security risks (especially for sensitive data) and secondly it helps to reduce your costs, especially if you’re working in the cloud.

Choosing the right solution to manage the data backup process

If you’re running a data center (or a private cloud where you have full control over your own hardware), then, in theory, you can use a hardware solution to manage the backup process. In practice, however, this is only going to work if you’re also backing up purely to physical media and this is highly unlikely to be the case even in data centers.

The other options are standalone-software solutions and cloud-based solutions. In principle, all of these can work in any environment. In practice, cloud-based solutions may not be ideal for data centers and standalone software is not guaranteed to be suitable for public clouds. Most of it will work perfectly well, but it is strongly advisable to double-check.

Standalone-software solutions will generally give users the highest degree of control over their data backup process and, in particular, what kind of storage they use. This could be extremely useful for companies that can finesse their data backup process so that they restore their most critical systems most quickly and vice versa. It could allow them to choose different speeds of storage (at different prices) according to their backup strategy. It could also suit those who are prioritizing cost above all else and want the most affordable option.

Cloud-based solutions, by contrast, tend to be much simpler and are often provided as part of a cloud-storage package. They can, however, be a great choice for SMBs who might find standalone software too complicated.

Choosing the right storage option for your needs

At present, there is only likely to be a case for backing up to hardware if you are still running a data center and even then only for your local backup. Even in a data center, you should usually be using the cloud for your off-site backup. This not only saves you the hassle of transporting tapes to off-site storage but also, and probably more importantly, saves you the time needed to transport them back in the event of a failure.

You can backup data from a data center or a private cloud to a public cloud. You would, however, need to encrypt the data on your own servers and keep it encrypted until it was either brought back again or deleted. This means that you couldn’t use a public cloud as a cloud disaster-recovery solution. If you are still running a data center, then presumably, you wouldn’t have been able to do that anyway, so it would make no difference. If, however, you are working in a private cloud, then you need to think about the implications of this.

Data backups and disaster recovery

If you are working in the private cloud, you will have to decide whether you want to backup your data to a public cloud and link this both to your main private cloud and your disaster-recovery private cloud or if you just want to use your disaster-recovery private cloud as a place to hold your data backups. The former is usually more cost-efficient, but the latter makes for faster recoveries.

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