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4 Handy Tips While Picking A Cloud Backup Service

Databases crash all the time and without reason too. Running a website or storing your documents online without a backup plan in place is a recipe for disaster. According to a survey published by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, nearly 3 out of 4 companies that participated in the study failed from the DRP standpoint. Not just that, over 20% of these companies experienced losses between $50,000 to $5 million due to the resulting downtime.

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Backing up all your data is an absolute nobrainer. But what pointers must you keep in mind while investing in a solution? Here are some tips.

Upload limits

Most businesses look at reliability and cost while picking an online backup service provider for their business. But if you own data that is several terrabytes big, then it is also important to look into the upload limits set by the provider. A significant number of online backup service providers throttle the upload speed down to as low as 1 GB per day for large storage sizes. In other words, if you have a couple of terrabytes of data to backup, it will take your provider as much as a year to complete the upload process of your initial file list.

Hosting with backup

Businesses that host their website over the cloud face the challenge of not only keeping their content on the server updated, but also ensuring that the backup version of their content stays updated. Third party backup service providers could face the same upload limit issues as discussed in the earlier paragraph, particularly with respect to large websites. A good way to avoid this issue is by picking a cloud server hosting provider that also has online backup facility. This makes the backup process frictionless and makes sure that the latest version of the website is kept backed up at all times.

Decentralized backups

Decentralized cloud services create multiple versions of a document across multiple servers that are geographically separated. This protects these documents from being lost even if multiple servers are attacked and are brought down at the same time. This is of course a lot more expensive than backing up over one cloud server. However, such services are often cost effective when purchased from large scale providers like Amazon AWS or Google Cloud Platform.

Version control

Database crashes and cyberattacks are not the only reason businesses need backups. Sometimes, the data deletion may be caused internally either from disgruntled employees or due to the wrongful execution of a script. In such cases, online backups alone may not help. If you have setup a synchronized backup service, then deleting a file or folder on your main server shall also delete the corresponding data from your backup server. In such cases, version control comes in handy. Such backup tools maintain various versions of your backup – this way, even if you delete folders by mistake, it is possible to go back to an earlier version and restore these documents back into your server.

Backups are an integral component of cloud based servers. But the effectiveness of the service cannot be tested until it is too late. It is very important for businesses to invest in multiple cloud based backup services to ensure continuity of service. As the saying goes, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.


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