Backups. Cloud? Local? Differential? Offsite Replication?
Now that I have you thoroughly confused, let’s ask the big question. “Am I backed up?”
We have all been there at least once. We have an accident. Our phones are left on the car as we drive away. A bookshelf makes its way down to the floor and catching our laptop on the way down. Thanks Newton! Where is my data now? How can I get to it? I have had to come to the realization that sometimes a fresh start is what was needed. Other times we have our businesses on our devices and can’t afford for this to happen. If we take it one step further and your business is held hostage by ransomware, now what? Are you willing to pay 1000 Bitcoins to get your data back? (I did the conversion, it’s a lot) The answer to these questions and incidents is backups.
Definition - What does Backup mean?
Backup refers to the process of making copies of data or data files to use in the event the original data or data files are lost or destroyed. Secondarily, a backup may refer to making copies for historical purposes, such as for longitudinal studies, statistics or for historical records or to meet the requirements of a data retention policy.
How do backups work?
Depending on your environment, there can be one or combinations of tools as your backup solution.
Full and Incremental Backups – This starts with a full backup of all information followed by only modified files backed up to the storage destination. A backup like this allows the search and recovery of file versions. Was there information on that file that was there Monday but deleted Thursday? We can go find that Monday file.
Differential Backups – These backups begin with a full backup then anything that has changed since the full backup. This is similar to the Incremental backups but there is no archive record when the backups were done or how data was changed. This tool is used for many large medical databases to backup important PHI onsite and offsite for disaster recovery purposes.
Full System Clone – These backups are full copies of your system. These copies are also bootable. This means in the event of an internal hardware failure, the system can run from external media like an external hard drive.
There are many other options to make sure your personal data is secure and backed up as well as your business data. We offer the appropriate solution for your need. Contact us to find out more about the custom backup solution we can tailor for you needs.