Managed backups, what services my business need?
Hacks and data breaches have become big concern for organizations. Data loss caused by system crashes and natural disasters is also linked to the system management risks a business should think of.
The only preventive measure is managed backup.
Traditionally, physical hardware is being used for data storage and backup but more and more businesses are shifting towards cloud managed backup services.
Businesses are digital and fast passed, remote access is the key benefit of having cloud managed backup as a user can access his or her data quickly and easily.
Plus, data in managed backup stores at multiple locations and minimizes the possibility for the owner to lose it.
Cut down IT expenditure costs as cloud option doesn’t require data storage on any physical hardware. Large companies though have bigger systems but this couldn’t be easy for small to medium size companies.
Small or medium organizations can save big by not investing in expensive backup services, but it totally depends on the sensitivity, variety and volume of data required to be backed up.
Let's list down what companies should consider before asking for backup service.
1- Determine cloud model
First know different cloud models to determine what type of cloud service your business need.
Public cloud: Offsite data storage center offers flexibility and scalability for a business.
Private cloud: Company builds its own data center to handle all sensitive information.
Hybrid cloud: Mixes up two cloud models, one public and one private.
The type business choose will ultimately affect the backup and the recovery solution.
2- Cloud backup implementation
Implementation of every cloud backup is different and involves varying steps. For strategic revenue generation and seamless integration, it is much advised to go for expert managed backup service providers.
Service providers will guide throughout the implementation process and also offers dedicated support.
3- Data recovery and the cloud model operation
Data recovery for each cloud model is unique. Do understand ‘Recovery Time Objectives’ and ‘Recovery Point Objectives’. RTO evaluates how quickly a business needs data recovery and it could be measured in number of hours or days. RPO tells us that how much data a company affords to lose, again measured in number of hours.
Bear this in your strategy that RTO and RPO work differently for varying data types. Companies should calculate their risk tolerance and business continuity before moving to RTO and RPO.