What Is a Hybrid Data Backup and Why You Should Use It?
In the current economy, many businesses across the globe are seeking alternatives to costly data backup methods. A popular solution to costly backup methods is cloud backup, which works well as a strategy for business continuity planning and disaster recovery. Data backup and storage in the cloud means that the cloud service provider takes responsibility for costly backup hardware and redundancy methods. The company seeking cloud storage pays a monthly subscription fee, which is based on the amount of backup and storage which is required.
How Hybrid Data Backup Works
Hybrid cloud backup provides a combination of cloud data backup and storage with local backup. The cloud storage is integrated with the local backup to ensure critical data is protected in the event of a disaster. A hybrid data backup solution automatically backs up critical data to a remote server in the cloud, while a local backup is typically performed using a drive on the local network which is shared or a network attached storage (NAS) device. In the event that the local backup fails, the cloud backup assures that data is securely stored offsite ready to be recovered.
- Cloud Backup to DataCenter: The cloud backup portion of hybrid services involves storing critical business information in a data center which is provided by the cloud provider. The cloud service provider is responsible for the maintenance of networking equipment and backup servers. Most quality cloud backup providers also offer underground vault storage which would otherwise be very costly for most companies. The data is copied from a primary source to the cloud service and accessed via a web interface from virtually any location
- Full or Partial System Backup (Local): Local backup methods have modernized with the inception of new technology. Many of the local backup methods have the features that in the past only larger companies could access. Now they have been placed within the reach of budgets for small businesses and allow these entities to improve methods for disaster recovery. Local backup systems now allow for full or partial backup. Full system backups allow you to recover your entire operating system along with files and data or parts of your system and files that you designate
Advantages of Hybrid Data Backup
- Enhanced redundancy: this means that you can fall back to either option (local or cloud) if the other one fails. Also, the data center that hosts the cloud also uses redundancy so your data is safe tri-fold
- Reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): now that you don’t have to be worried about additional hardware costs, maintenance costs or operating costs, your TCO decreases. When you need to increase your storage, it is as simple as making a phone call or a few clicks of the mouse
- Quick Recovery: with the ability to backup only the data that has changed, this solution ensures that only what needs to be sent or received is done so quickly
- Improved Availability: if a disaster happens, getting access to the backup is critical. If you are using only a local option that is compromised that time to recovery becomes lengthy. With a hybrid solution however, you have the redundancy of the cloud, which can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection
- Better Adherence to Compliance Regulations: regulations such as HIPAA, SOX and PCI require data to be secured, backed up and available. A hybrid solution allows this by providing strong encryption and essentially limitless storage
The convenience of cloud backup and storage has significantly reduced the cost of disaster recovery storage to where it has become a reality for small and medium sized businesses. To learn more about a hybrid cloud backup solution that is right for your business, contact AbleIT to learn more about how we can cost effectively support your technology needs.
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