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Hybrid Cloud Backup

 

Why A Hybrid Cloud Backup is Best For Your Business

Hybrid backup combines the advantages of ‘On-Premise‘ backup and Cloud backup to provide comprehensive protection of your data and systems. Easily retrieve lost files, or more importantly, entire servers as part of an overall business continuity plan.

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On-Premise Backup

This most traditional of backups normally takes the form of external hard drives, tape drives, USB drives, and network attached storage (NAS) kept at your office. Typically you would perform a daily incremental backup, full weekly and a monthly backup.
The principle advantages of on premise backups:
  • Data readily available for quick restores With proper on-site backups, you can recover from data loss due to intentional or unintentional deletion, viruses, and hardware failure with minimal downtime
  • Internet service not required Saving on costs and support.
  • Low cost Cheap local storage options allow you to keep multiple copies of backup data easily.
However, there are many disadvantages:
  • Complicated Process Data backup requires a commitment to a media rotation and a replacement plan – neither simple nor quick.
  • Error prone Inserting, rotating, labelling, storing, off-siting and finding tapes for recovery purposes all rely on manual processes which introduces errors, especially if the nominated person isn’t checking the backup.
  • Time consuming Weekly full backups take time and involve large backup volumes.
  • Untested and slow restores Backup media is very rarely tested and is very slow to restore.
  • Inadequate storage Media is often stored on-site rather than off-site in a secured environment.
  • Limited scalability Expanding data libraries is expensive and cumbersome.
  • Easily damaged and hard to maintain Data on a removable storage medium can be easily lost or damaged.
  • Obsolescence Modern systems could be incompatible with older media.

Cloud backup

Off-site Cloud backup includes software that locates and prioritises files for backup, and then securely transmits encrypted copies of those files to off-site data centres
Advantages include:
  • Data stored off-site Safe from any local catastrophe (as simple as a burst pipe).
  • Secure data Storage meets the strictest compliance requirements.
  • Affordable No capital expenditure. Pay for what you use when you use it.
  • Simple Cloud backup solutions have made ongoing management and restoration easy. With just a few clicks of the mouse, backed up files can be easily found and restored.
  • Automatic Backup time is one of the most commonly stated reasons companies aren’t backing up their data. With cloud backup, files are backed-up to the cloud automatically and continuously, whenever you’re connected to the Internet.
Disadvantages include:
  • Slow restore speeds Restore speeds over the internet can be excruciatingly slow.
  • Dependence on third parties You have to trust another company to maintain your data assets.
  • Data Media You don’t own the media your data is stored on.

Utilise the advantages of both on-site and cloud backup to achieve Backup, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery at the same time. Here’s how: