Could you afford to lose all of your data?
If your business lost all of your company data in an instant it’d be catastrophic, but remote backups can save all of the headaches.
We go over everything you’ll need to know to help secure your company data.
Benefits of Remote Backups
- Recovering deleted data
- Restoring failed hardware
- Disaster recovery
- Ransomware protection
- Office migration
Methods of backing up data
There are several different types of data backup which are explained here.
Cloud storage isn’t strictly a method of backing up data, but it has the same benefits. Data that is stored in the cloud, for example, using a service like Dropbox means that your data will be (almost) always accessible, so your computer system crashing won’t affect your ability to access the data because all you need are your log in credentials. One small risk to using cloud storage is that the SAAS provider may encounter a spout of downtime, leaving you stuck without your data. This is extremely uncommon though, especially with the larger providers.
Full Data Backup
A full data backup is exactly what it sounds like, entirely backing up your data stores. A full data backup is the most extensive and comprehensive type of remote backup, but it is also the most strenuous on your IT resources.
A complete remote backup will use up the most storage due to the larger amount of data stored. Consequently, you may need to pay for more storage resources or more infrastructure. Backing up data to a remote location also means you will be using network resources to transport the data, be it via your internet, or to another network location.
Incremental Data Backup
Incremental data backups are used in conjunction with an original full data backup. Each backup after this only records the changes since the last incremental backup.
Differential Data Backup
Differential data backups make one original full data backup and then consequent backups simply record the differences between the original copy and the current version.
Below is a table that displays how the backups differ from eachother:
|First Backup||All data||n/a||n/a|
|Second Backup||All data||Changes from first backup||Changes from first backup|
|Third Backup||All data||Changes from second backup||Changes from first backup|
|Fourth Backup||All data||Changes from third backup||Changes from first backup|
Best practices to optimize remote backups
An effective form of backing up your data remotely is to utilize multiple backup techniques. We have found that combining differential backups with periodic full backups provides complete coverage for any eventuality. We recommend a full backup every two days, with several differential backups in between. These guidelines require fine-tuning as certain situations can benefit from different techniques, but this is a great starting point.
If you don’t know where to start with backing up your data, contact Azera about remote backups.
In conclusion, any kind of backups can benefit your business security over no backups, but there are several techniques you can explore to get the most out of your remote data backups.
How can we help with your remote backups?
We are always available to talk about how we can set up remote backups for your business. Take a look at our other services, or contact us directly on 01202 375343.