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How to choose a data backup vendor in Yuba City

Data backups are like insurance policies. You make sure that you have them even though you hope you’re not going to need them. Also like insurance policies, data backups are only any actual use if you set them up properly, which means working with the right data backup vendor for you. With that in mind, here is some guidance on choosing a data backup vendor in Yuba City.

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Understand the basics of data backups

The long-standing approach to data backups is generally known as the 3-2-1 strategy. You have three copies of your data (including your production data), stored on two different media, with one copy being stored offsite. As you may have guessed, this rule of thumb was developed long before the cloud, which has changed the practicalities of data backups somewhat. The general principles, however, are still pretty solid, i.e. you want more than one copy of your data and you want at least one copy to be kept off-site.

Look for a data backup vendor who has experience with the cloud

There are two halves to this point. The first half is being able to backup data which is stored in a cloud and the second half is being able to backup data to the cloud. Ideally data backup vendors should be able to do both. In fact, ideally, they should be able to backup data from a cloud to a cloud. This is known as “cloud-to-cloud backup” and is becoming increasingly popular.

Recognize the limitations of public cloud platforms

Public cloud platforms are flexible, scalable and very cost-effective. It’s hardly a surprise they’ve become so popular with businesses of all descriptions, especially SMBs. For many SMBs one of the major benefits of working in the public cloud is that their data is automatically backed up. In principle, this should be enough to ensure that they can recover quickly after any issue. In practice, there are a couple of reasons why you might want to organize additional backups.

The main reason is that public cloud vendors only take responsibility for security their platform against external threats. Anything which relates to how an internal user treats your data is your responsibility, as are any issues/threats which arise through poor management on your side. This means that if someone with the right level of access gives an instruction to delete your data then that is exactly what a public cloud platform will do and if it turns out later that the instruction was wrong (or malicious) then that is your problem.

The second reason is that, at the end of the day, public cloud platforms are third-party vendors, who can experience outages and who could even disappear overnight. While this latter possibility is highly unlikely, at least if you stick with mainstream, reputable, public-cloud vendors, it cannot be completely discounted.

Understand that in the private cloud, data backups are entirely your responsibility

If you’re working in a private cloud (or in an old-school data center), you basically have three options (which you can use simultaneously if you wish). You can backup to an offline storage media, you can backup to a public cloud or you can backup to another private cloud. The first option is the “traditional” one and it may still have its uses in some situations.

Its main advantage is also its main disadvantage. It is a hard copy, which means it needs to be stored in a physical location. Any copies you keep on-site will need to be appropriately protected and even with protection they will only be accessible if you can access your usual working location. Any copies you keep off-site will need to be physically transported from A to B and then you’ll have to work out how you will recover from them, especially if you lose access to your main working location.

Backing up to the public cloud can be a very cost-effective solution, but in addition to the issues previously mentioned, you would need to be sure that all the data you intended to backup was suitable for storage in the public cloud. This would depend on a number of factors, not least of which being its level of sensitivity. There are also some practical challenges involved in backing-up data from a private cloud (or data center) to a public cloud.

Last but by no means least, there is the option of backing up data from one private cloud to another. This option is becoming increasingly popular as it combines the highest levels of security with speed and flexibility, plus it eliminates the need to store and/or transport hard copies of the data.

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