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Why is cloud backup so important?
Not sure why you need cloud backup. Cloud backup is critical when disaster strikes. Here are some fundamentals for disaster recover.
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What is cloud backup?
Cloud Backup is a type of service through which cloud computing resources and infrastructure are used to create, edit, manage and restore data, services or application backup. This is done remotely over the internet. Cloud backup may also be called online backup or remote backup.
It's important to keep a copy of files offsite. Even if business files are backed up on a file server, a hurricane, flood, fire or theft could destroy the computers… and backups. Keeping backed up files in the cloud ensures data is safe no matter what is going on at your office.
Just as it sounds, disaster recovery is technology designed to protect a business in a major crisis, whether it is a system meltdown, natural disaster, fire, or once-in-a-lifetime hurricane, earthquake or wildfire.
Disaster-Recovery promises a full and total recovery of data, but it doesn’t always guarantee how long that recovery will take. With the cloud, however, you know all the data is there and will return as fast as your connection allows—even to a different location, which is critical when the devastation is widespread.
Disaster-Recovery relies on full offsite backups of all your data and applications: so-called image backup. In the early days, these backups were often on tapes that were delivered to off-site locations such as those run by Iron Mountain and others. And presently, the off-site backup is usually in the cloud.
Cloud takes the guesswork out of backup
On-premises backup, either tape or disk, takes a lot of planning, manual intervention, management and troubleshooting. The cloud essentially removes all that complexity.
Once you’ve established a relationship with a cloud backup provider and decided on what you want to back up, the backup schedule and your restoration requirements, the provider takes over. The provider ensures the backups are performed correctly and on schedule. In a disaster, the customer’s data is safe, securely held far from the affected area.
The cloud makes it far easier to test restores, so you know they’ll work when you need them. Cloud backup can help ensure your backups are done properly. The technology often uses policy-based automation to ensure your backups take place regularly and at the right time. You can set alerts to let you know when a backup has successfully completed or, equally importantly, when it hasn’t.
Whereas file-based backups only handle the data, cloud backup creates a backup image of your complete system state so the system, not just the data, is restored. Meanwhile, these system backups can be replicated off site for even deeper protection.
Fast and Flexible Cloud Disaster Recovery
Using a cloud DR solution, businesses can back up entire machines to recover them instantly (including recovering all VMs), or back up volumes, directories and individual files for more-specific, efficient protection. What’s more, with cloud-backup integration, a business can quickly define backup policies by organization, machine group or device type. Simple, comprehensive dashboards, alerting systems, and flexible reports mean that you always have real-time insight into the status of all backup activities.
It's never too early to plan for a disaster.
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