What you should know about Folsom business data backup
Maintaining your business data is similar to managing your tax filings these days. It may not be enjoyable, but it is necessary for your company’s survival. Failure to do either can result in substantial legal (and thus financial) consequences. The good news is that keeping track of your company’s data backups is a lot easier than keeping track of your taxes. Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know about Folsom corporate data backup.
Backing Up Your Business Data Backups of Folsom Data are subject to the same regulations as production data.
Any rules that apply to your production data also apply to backups of your business data. As a result, they must be protected to the same degree. Most businesses should have two backups of their data: one on-site and one off-site.
The local one, by definition, should be held in your local environment, thus it should be protected to at least the same level. Because it is not the working copy, it can be maintained encrypted and access to it can usually be controlled even further than for the production copy.
The off-site one, in theory, only needs to be a short distance from your primary working place while still being accessible and, of course, safe. In practise, regardless of your primary working environment, the public cloud is almost always the most cost-effective solution. Given the emphasis on data security, this may come as a surprise; yet, the fact that the files can be maintained encrypted is usually sufficient to secure their protection.
It’s also fair to claim that public cloud providers are becoming more capable of adhering to standard data protection rules and compliance systems (including GDPR). In theory, this means you could decrypt your data within their platform. You may not want to perform this on a regular basis, but it could be a cost-effective alternative to a full disaster recovery solution.
You need to keep a close eye on your data.
This is related to the previous point. It is your responsibility to keep your data safe. Tasks can be delegated, but accountability cannot be delegated. In other words, you will be the ones to justify yourself to law enforcement/regulators if something happens to your data, not your IT services vendors. This means you must protect yourself by conducting full due research on any IT services suppliers you are considering hiring, as well as having a solid and enforceable IT services contract to back it up.
Always remember that contracts are merely pieces of paper in and of themselves. They are only valuable if you can use them to not only obtain a favorable court ruling, but also to enforce that judgment in the real world. This latter aspect should never be disregarded and is a compelling justification for using local providers, particularly if you’re a small business.
The cost of online data backups is most likely to be determined by the amount of storage available.
Because the amount of data you store determines a portion of your storage costs, it pays to take steps to reduce this as much as possible. In many industries, deciding what is acceptable can be difficult. If you reach a dead end, one approach to get around it is to shift some data to offline storage.
This isn’t ideal if you’re entirely or even mostly in the cloud, but the basic concept is to utilise it to deal with data that’s been lingering about your systems for no apparent reason other than you couldn’t gain the appropriate authorization to delete it. Taking it offline would allow it to be restored (although slowly) if it was ever needed, but it would no longer consume cloud storage space.
The cost of storage is also controlled by how you store your data, or, in other words, what storage speed you employ. In the previous days of data centers, all of your production data would be stored in one form of storage (and its backups). However, in the cloud, you can, should, and perhaps must fine-tune your storage settings so that you are always using the slowest reasonable storage speed for each category of data.
Your production data storage speed is a good predictor of your Recovery Time Objectives, and hence the speed of storage you should utilize for the various types of data in your online data backups.