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What you need to know about online data backup services in Yuba City

The switch from traditional data backups to online data backups has brought a lot of benefits for businesses of all sizes, especially SMBs. It does, however, mean that companies need to adapt their approach in some ways. With that in mind, here is a quick guide to what you need to know about online data backup services in Yuba City.

Online Data Backup Yuba City

The old 3-2-1 strategy still applies – but differently

According to the 3-2-1 approach, you need three copies of your data (including your production copy) over two media, with one copy being held off-site. These days, however, media is more likely to mean clouds than physical storage. This means that the idea of a local copy and an off-site copy doesn’t necessarily apply in the same way as before. Your “local” copy may actually be held far away from your regular workplace (assuming you have one). Your “off-site” copy is a copy that is held in a cloud you don’t normally use for regular work.

This means that online data backups arguably have a greater degree of resilience than traditional data backups. First of all, you don’t have to worry about losing access to your local data backup if you lose access to your regular working location, nor do you have to worry about the possibility of it being compromised if anyone gains access to your building. Secondly, online data backups managed by reputable vendors are typically held in purpose-built facilities with a massively higher level of security than the average commercial building.

If you’re in the public cloud, you should still organize your own online data backups

If you’re in the public cloud, it may be tempting to save a little bit of money by relying on the automated online data backups offered by many public cloud vendors. There are, however, two good reasons to resist the temptation.

The first is that in the public cloud, security is a shared responsibility. Your cloud provider secures its platform against external threats. You secure your accesses against misuse of all kinds. That means accidental as well as deliberate and by internal users as well as external agents.

If your cloud provider’s security is compromised, then you may well have a claim against them. If, however, your own security is compromised, and that compromise results in data being deleted both from your production system and your local data backup, then that is your problem.

The second reason is that any provider, no matter how big, can have an outage. If you only have your data in their systems then you just have to cross your fingers and hope that it’s resolved quickly. If, however, you’re taking an off-site online data backup (presumably to a second public cloud), then all you need to do is add the tools your team needs to work with the data and you have a Plan B ready to go.

If you’re in a private cloud, you can generally still use the public cloud for your data backups

If you’re in a private cloud (or a data center), you can generally still use the public cloud to store your online data backups even if they contain sensitive data. You would need to encrypt them on your own servers and potentially keep them encrypted until you either recovered them for a restore operation or deleted them.

What you might or might not be able to do is use the public cloud as a disaster recovery solution. If you’re working in a data center, then presumably you can’t or don’t want to use the cloud at all, in which case your disaster recovery solution would have to be another data center. In the private cloud, however, the situation is a bit more nuanced.

Privacy is only one of the reasons people opt for a private cloud. Up until relatively recently, it might have been the most important one, but the mainstream cloud providers at least have been working hard to support the major data protection laws and compliance programs, so this is much less likely to be an issue, even for SMBs in regulated industries, at least in principle.

 In practice, a combination of privacy concerns and concerns over the lack of direct control over the infrastructure used in public clouds means that it will probably be some time before certain companies even consider using a public cloud as their everyday working environment if in fact they ever do. It may, however, still be worth considering its potential as a short-term working environment, which could offer a convenient and cost-effective way to implement a full disaster recovery solution.

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