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A quick guide to data backup solutions in Sacramento
Every company needs a good data backup solution, but it’s not always easy to know what it should be. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to data backup solutions in Sacramento.
Good data backup starts with good data governance
You should already have robust data governance in place for any sensitive data you hold. It’s strongly recommended to apply a similar approach to managing any non-sensitive data you hold. This may seem excessive, but it seems fairly obvious that the cloud is the way of the future and in the cloud there is a direct link between consumption and costs, much more so than in traditional data centers.
Cleaning up your data can massively improve your data backup process and costs
If you’re stuck with a pile of legacy data and don’t know where to start cleaning it up, then one very effective approach is to develop a data governance policy which you will use going forward. Then pick a date and on that date identify any data which appears to be in active use and any data which appears to be dormant.
See if anyone claims any of it and if not assign ownership of the active data and put the dormant data into an archive. If anyone complains about its absence, it can be restored provided that they are prepared to take ownership of it. If nobody complains then wait until the longest, relevant compliance deadline has passed and then delete it.
Agree on the end goals of your data backup strategy
The end goals of a data backup strategy are usually defined in terms of a recovery point objective and a recovery time objective.
The recovery point objective defines how much data you are prepared to lose. Shorter RPOs mean that you lose less data because you are backing up more frequently, but the need to back up more frequently requires more resources and hence increases costs.
The recovery time objective defines how the maximum length of time you are prepared to allow for a return to normal operations. Again, shorter RTOs mean less downtime, but they require more and/or faster bandwidth and faster storage and hence increase costs.
One of the great benefits of modern data backup solutions is that you can define different RPOs and RTOs for different types of data and different situations. For example, it is now becoming increasingly common for even SMBs to have tiered RPOs and RTOs, using the shortest ones for the most critical systems and vice versa.
Consider your IT infrastructure landscape now and in the future
If you’re still running a traditional data center, then you may want to consider the option of backing up to a physical device at least for your on-site copy. You would still need an off-site copy of your data, which would mean either backing up to a second physical device and sending it to an off-site storage location or backing up to a cloud. In fact, you could even back up to a physical device and have a data backup solutions vendor upload it to a cloud for you.
Investing in physical hardware solutions is really only likely to make sense if you are planning to commit to using a data center over the long term and that is probably only going to apply to a very small percentage of companies, especially in the SMB sector. The chances are that most SMBs are going to be either cloud-first or cloud-native and if they do still have data centers that these are only running until a cloud migration can be completed.
This means that for the majority of SMBs, a software-based data backup solution is probably going to be the most appropriate choice. In practical terms, this means either a software solution, which you install on your own servers or using cloud-based “Backup-as-a-Service”.
If you’re using a private cloud then you could probably use either. The advantage of using a software solution would be that you could separate the process of backing up (and recovery) from the storage of the data and hence look for the best deals on both. The disadvantage of this, of course, is that it would require more work from you. BaaS might be more expensive, but it would be a simple, all-in-one solution.
If you’re in the public cloud, you won’t have your own actual servers. In principle, you could look for a software solution which would run on virtual machines but your easiest option would probably be BaaS.
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