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Cloud Backup vs Cloud Storage

 

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In our previous article, we introduced you to the concept of cloud backup. Here, we will look at another popular service – cloud storage which is sometimes misunderstood and considered the same as cloud backup.

 

So what are they and how do they differ?

 

Cloud Backup

As explained in our previous article, cloud backup services offer you replicates/ backups of your business data. The main point of the backup exercise is that your primary data still lies in your own physical and on-premises servers or hardware. Only the backups are stored in the cloud of the service providers.

 

Whenever cloud backup is suitable for your situation, it is beneficial for all businesses to get their business data backed up since it offers security and data recovery in case of disasters. It is crucial to find a reliable cloud service provider who offers a clear data backup and recovery policy. If your data center or office experiences data loss due to any kind of disasters such as natural disasters, human mistakes or even security attacks, you can easily pull out your backup and run it to continue running your business. You can have a much better peace of mind since you know you have a replica of the data secured in the cloud, which can be accessed easily and quickly. Thus, your business is not interrupted for a long time.

Cloud Storage

Cloud storage, as its name implies, means that your files and data are stored in the cloud. It’s not just a backup but your primary data is now in the cloud (a network of remotely distributed servers). The data are stored online and synchronized across users and devices.

 

The main benefit of cloud storage is that a large amount of data can be securely stored in the cloud without having to invest in equivalent hardware or physical servers. So for example, instead of buying new hardware and memory storages the old way to store some application files, your product information or employees details, your system now can utilize cloud storage to store and access them easily. Also, one general advantage of the cloud is its scalability. You can increase the space needed whenever you want.

 

If we take examples of cloud storage services for personal uses, I believe most of us have used at least one of them, like DropBox, Apple’s iCloud, Microsoft’ OneDrive, Google Drive and so on.

 

For enterprises solution, you will, of course, have to assess the cloud storage options with more caution in terms of security, retention policy, service-level agreements, and other factors. For example, Microsoft Azure Cloud Storage, they offer different options for encryption and data redundancy, so your data is also replicated.

However, we can also see that for many small businesses, utilizing Gmail and Google Drives helps them to store and access files remotely. Or many businesses with Microsoft Office 365 bundles will have OneDrive capacity per user.

 

Cloud storage can also be a suitable choice for new application development. These new applications now can utilize the latest cloud services. For instance, they can use Microsoft Azure SQL database while storing other types of files in Azure Blobs (one type of Azure Storage services).

 

Cloud storage is the basis for multiple beneficial services, you will need to know which one should you use and how to adopt it. Contact us to work with a reputable and certified provider so you can select a suitable service for your business’s growth journey.

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Understanding Cloud Backup 101

 

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Written by Xuan Luan for I-Net Dynamics

What is Cloud Backup?

Cloud backup is the act of backing up your data in a remote server. This strategy is mostly used when preparing for your disaster recovery process. This copy of your business data can be easily accessed and restored in case of disasters such as hardware failures or human mistakes.

 

Your data can now be replicated in the cloud, which is a distributed and connected server resources. Apart from your local data version, businesses and organizations can ensure that their data is always backed up and easily accessible via the Internet.

 

How to backup and restore the data

Cloud backup service providers often provide you with a backup application to be installed in your on-premises or virtual machines. For example, Microsoft Azure Backup Service has Azure Backup Microsoft Azure Recovery Services (MARS) agent for on-premises Windows Server machines from which you can then configure your backup settings. Generally, the data is collected, encrypted, and transferred to the service provider. While the first round of backup should be a full system backup you can opt to arrange for incremental backup according to your schedule. Utilizing incremental backup instead of a full one reduces time and bandwidth consumption to transfer data to the cloud. You can also run ad-hoc backups whenever you want.

 

What I have said above is a very basic and simplified mechanism. Service providers usually have many backup strategies depending on what you want to back up. They might also differ in some other backup support options including security, encryption, compression and retention limits. For your best cloud backup strategy, contact us for consultancy.

 

As a backup service, there will be no changes to your applications and data. The primary data is still in the original location, which can be in a local or another cloud server. However, you should have a secondary data backed up in another location which can be used for recovery. The backup frequency should be decided on your business requirements as well as the cloud backup service provider’s retention policy.

 

For restoration, it’s mostly intuitive and easy in the cloud service provider portal, e.g. Azure portal. Depending on your types of backups (disk, files, VMs or databases), you can restore them via an online portal within a few clicks.

 Key Benefits of Cloud Backup

  • Cost-Effectiveness: avoid extra infrastructure costs
  • Reliability and Availability: you should go with reputable service providers such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon, Google, and IBM. Moreover, it helps to avoid or at least minimize the risks of several failures due to improper infrastructure, hardware damage, and accidental overwrites or deletions. Cloud data is accessible everywhere via the Internet.
  • Ease of Management: cloud service providers often take care of these management tasks and provide useful monitoring and reporting tools for your management needs.
  • Security: reliable providers should emphasize your data’s security with encryption data transfer. Moreover, they can protect you against ransomware with multi-factor authentication or watchers that flag suspicious actions

 

For enterprises, to implement cloud backup, you need to consider multiple other factors from your backup size, location, backup methods to service providers’ reputation and offers. With some specific businesses, you may also have to consider data protection compliance of the providers. To have a detailed assessment and suitable consultancy, contact us here.