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What you need to know about data backup solutions in Yuba City

Data backups are not exactly cutting-edge technology but they are crucial to the long-term health of your business. That being so, it makes sense to approach them in a carefully-considered manner. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about data backup solutions in Yuba City.

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In most situations, you want to back up to a cloud

If your data is already in the cloud there is nothing to be gained by backing up to a physical device. There is, however, a lot to be lost, especially your ability to restore remotely. If your data is in a data center, then there is still a very strong argument for using the cloud as your off-site data backup location. This not only saves you the hassle of transporting physical media to an off-site storage location but also, and possibly, more importantly, saves you the time needed to bring them back if they are needed.

You can usually back up sensitive data to the public cloud

The reason you can usually back up sensitive data to the public cloud is that you can encrypt it on your own servers and then keep it encrypted until it is either used or deleted. Of course, just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean that you necessarily should. For example, you may prefer to back up your data to a second private cloud that is prepared for use in a disaster-recovery situation. This might be more expensive, but would save you the time needed to transport the files from the public cloud and decrypt them in your safe space.

You can use standalone software or cloud-based software to manage the backup process

In principle, you can also use hardware-based solutions, but in practice, there is usually no argument for doing so and two very compelling arguments for not doing so. The first is that space is now at a premium just about everywhere, which means that you generally want to save it wherever you can (even if it’s only a little). The second is that as physical devices, hardware solutions are vulnerable to physical failure and it would be rather ironic to lose your data backups to a problem with the hardware device on which you relied to create them.

For practical purposes, your choice will be between a standalone software solution and a cloud-based software solution. The former can, in theory, work without an internet connection, but since most companies will now be doing most, if not all, of their data backups from one cloud to another, in any case, this is not the selling point it used to be. Similarly, the fact that standalone software can be used to manage backups to physical devices is unlikely to be of a great deal of use except for the small number of SMBs which are still running data centers.

These days, the real selling point of standalone software is that it generally gives you the maximum degree of flexibility with regards to what storage you use. This can be a benefit not just for keeping costs down, but also for finessing your storage speed (and hence price) to prioritize your most critical data (tiered recovery). On the other hand, if your priority is just to make your data backups as straightforward as possible, then a cloud-based solution, also known as Backup-as-a-Service, could be the better option.

For completeness, most standalone data backup software solutions will work in both the public cloud and the private cloud. Some, however, can only be installed on physical servers (as opposed to virtual ones) so it’s recommended to double-check. Also, make sure you are clear on what is and is not allowed under the terms of your license, in other words, if you’re going to run a standalone software product on a virtual machine in the public cloud, make sure that you are legally entitled to do so.

The price of cloud storage directly correlates to its volume and speed

There are two ways to reduce the volume of data you backup (and hence the volume of storage you need). The first, and by far the most effective, is to make sure that you only back up production data, i.e. data that is being actively used. Dormant data belongs in an archive (if you keep it at all). The second is to make appropriate use of compression, but this is not nearly as impactful as robust data governance.

Separating active data from dormant data will also make it possible for you to use fast storage for the former and slower storage for the latter, which also helps to reduce costs, sometimes very significantly.

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