Last week we looked at some advantages and differences between cloud and physical servers. This week we are looking at backups – cloud backups or physical. We all know we should do them but sometimes it’s hard to find a great solution, so it doesn’t get done at all. Then it’s too late. Keep reading as we look at some simple solutions for the dreaded “I didn’t back up!” situation.
Week 2 – Backups
If you have any data on your computer at all that you don’t want to lose, you should back it up. Some people get very confused and worried when their pc is getting sick because they have “all their child’s baby photos” or “all my business financial data” that has not been backed up. The answer to minimizing stress when it comes to backups, is finding a solution that requires minimal, if not zero, effort. Cloud backups may be your solution.
How can I back up?
There are multiple ways to back up your data. Most of which require some sort of location where you want to store the files, this is called a destination or repository. Backup destinations can be anything from your USB external hard drive that has all your “fully legal” movies on, to a geo-redundant cloud repository that can store years-worth of data. To explain further let’s look deeper at each option – Physical backups (onsite) and cloud backups (offsite).
Most software you get today gives you an option to back up your data to an external drive. This is classed as a local destination or an onsite backup. This is most useful when you only need to make sure your data is protected if your main hard drive in your computer fails. For mid and large size businesses this is not enough and you want to be protected for more than a single failure.
To cover yourself in the event of a fire or natural disaster at your office, you may also backup to an portable HDD you take home with you each night. This is all well and good…until the town is hit with a cyclone and your home is flattened along with the office. This also requires your employee in charge of this to remember to do it – otherwise it’s a waste of time. This is where Cloud backup helps.
If you want to make sure you have your data no matter what happens to your physical hardware, employees or town, then Cloud backups are for you. Most good backup software will offer an option to backup to either their own or a third-party cloud storage provider. These can vary from provider but are usually geo-redundant. This means your data is not only backed up to a secure data centre in Brisbane but it’s copied to Sydney, Melbourne and sometimes even overseas.
To some this may sound scary that your data is all over the world but rest assured that these data centres are usually secured with an armed guard, require many passwords to open and have multiple layers of encryption on all data traffic. Put it this way, your data is safe.
We tell our customers, “Backup as much as you are not willing to lose”. What this means is if you can only afford to lose one days-worth of work, backup daily. If you do very little on your device and put photos on there once a month you may need to backup less often.
We have provided many solutions from a simple home backup to ensuring a multisite company has all their data backed up every few hours and stored safely in the cloud each night. Talk to us today to help ease the stress of backing up your important files, simply and securely. Keep up to date with us on facebook.