Backing up data is very important. In the event of a security breach or a catastrophic server failure, all of the important data that a company has created or harvested will be lost forever if it has not been backed up. Here are four kinds of cloud data backup commonly used today.
Hosted private cloud backup is considered to be one of the safest options for protecting data. Unlike other kinds of cloud backup, hosted private cloud servers only store information produced by one user. This kind of backup is often provided in the Software As A Service model by companies like AvePoint.
More versatile than on-site backup and safer than a publicly hosted cloud, privately hosted cloud backup tends to be a slightly more expensive option. It provides a very secure way of making sure that ransomware and other hacking attacks do not damage a company’s ability to utilize data. Data is as easy to recover as it would be on the company’s primary cloud service. Like with a public cloud service, the hosts of a privately managed cloud should conduct regular penetration and safety testing and eliminate costly data silos.
An on-site cloud backup is much more similar to traditional server storage. Companies with very large budgets may seek to implement this kind of backup in order to have full control over the data they back up. Servers are set up within premises owned by the company, and they are automatically loaded with all the data that needs to be backed up. The downside of this method is that the company is then fully responsible for the security and growth of its backup cloud server. This entails a great many extra costs, especially if the company is accumulating a great deal of data that needs to be backed up.
Hosting automatically backed up data on public cloud hosting services is, on the surface, the cheapest way of backing up files. This method does, however, come with some disadvantages. Tech support for publicly hosted cloud servers is not tailored to the specific needs of the company. Public cloud servers typically encrypt data while in transit, but they are still slightly more vulnerable to attack than a privately hosted server. Backup only makes sense if it is secure! Public cloud backup is suitable for smaller companies without the money to invest in completely airtight security.
Disk-to-disk backup means that data is sent directly from an on-site server to another on-site server. This kind of backup was formerly one of the most popular ways of ensuring that data was not lost. Today, however, it has fallen by the wayside. One way in which it is still utilized is as part of a hybrid backup service: where some extremely important data is sent to both a cloud server and an on-site server in order to duplicate it and protect it against the unlikely event of a cloud server being compromised.