How to Move Your Data Offsite with the Cloud
For years the offsite component of every backup disaster recovery plan involved storing backups on tapes or other physical media, which themselves were stored at an offsite location, usually at great cost to the user. There are new options to achieving secure, reliable and cost-effective offsite data backup and without the pain of tapes. The cloud offers a new solution to this challenge, but are you ready to shift your offsite component to a cloud-based backup solution?
Things to Consider when Choosing a Cloud-Based Backup Provider:
- Location: Most cloud-based backup is powered by datacenters, meaning that your data might be in only one location. How far away is that from your facility? Would a regional disaster potentially threaten both your location and the datacenter? Is the datacenter somewhere susceptible to power outages or natural disasters? Find a provider that houses your data far from its source, as well as the ravages of Mother Nature. Or better yet, a provider that uses more than one datacenter and redundancy to ensure your data is there when you need it.
- Replication: How many different geographical areas is your data going to be replicated? As with point 1, you don’t want a natural disaster to knock out your backups. Be sure you provider replicates to two or more geographically disparate locations.
- Security: Will your data be encrypted before it leaves your location? Is it transferred over a secure connection? And does it remain encrypted while at rest? How can you be sure employees of the cloud-based backup provider don’t have access to view or tamper with the data? Will your files be scanned for advertising purposes? Security is a huge concern for most users, and understandably so. Ask what tools and procedures are in place to protect your data, especially if you need to maintain compliance to key industry mandates.
- Cost: Most cloud-based backup providers will charge a monthly fee per gigabyte of data they store. But some charge additional fees for moving the data to and from their cloud (ingress and egress). Others will claim to offer unlimited cloud storage for a flat fee, but as you approach their unwritten caps, they will throttle back your connection and stop or impede the flow of data. Get a clear understanding of all the costs involved, and if you choose an unlimited provider, be sure to get assurances that they never throttle bandwidth on their end.
- Speed: While the most common bandwidth bottleneck will be on the user’s end, power users and businesses with fast connections to the Internet may find some cloud-based backup providers lacking. Ask about maximum upload and download speeds, bandwidth throttling and peak usage times. Of course the best way to make sure you get the speed you need is to test it for yourself. Upload a variety of file types and sizes to their cloud. And don’t forget to do a test restore; that’s the whole reason you’re going through this process after all!
Cloud-Based Backup with Symform
The Symform Revolutionary Cloud Storage Network offers cloud-based backup that replicates and distributes your data securely to thousands of locations around the world. Users get unlimited cloud-based backup for a low flat fee when they contribute an equal amount of local storage to the network. This peer-to-peer architecture achieves transfer speeds, cost, security, replication and geographic distribution that are impossible for any other cloud-based backup service to provide. Plus, Symform offers key features that make sure your data gets to the cloud faster, with Turbo Seeding, and is there when you need to recover it, with Instant Restore.