What is Cloud-to-Cloud Backup and Why Does Your Business Need It?

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Just how protected is your cloud data? When you rely upon a cloud services provider, you're putting your
data in a third party's hands - and this may mean that your backups aren't always accessible to you when you need them. A cloud-to-cloud backup service gives you complete control over your data while still continuing to leverage the benefits of the cloud, such as always-on access.

What is a Cloud-to-Cloud Backup?

A cloud-to-cloud backup service will transfer your data from your cloud hosting service to a cloud backup server. A cloud-to-cloud backup — also known as “Backup as a Service” — will always be accessible, just like your cloud service and will thus be more reliable and more accessible. A cloud backup service can be accessed from anywhere and files can be restored and synced as necessary.

Cloud backup solutions also have the advantage of additional resources: you don't need to worry about running out of space, as you might need to with an on-premise backup solution. Granular backups can be taken depending on application and data source, and snapshots can be stored at certain intervals to ensure that data can be recovered from any time. Backups are not vulnerable to physical damage or theft because they are off-site, and most backup services will additionally keep redundant copies.

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Why Should a Business Invest in a Cloud-to-Cloud Backup Service?

Not only is an appropriate backup solution necessary for regulatory compliance in many industries, but it also protects an organization from potential business disruption. Data can become lost, corrupted, or simply accidentally modified by an employee. A cloud-to-cloud backup solution empowers an organization with the ability to quickly revert back to prior snapshots and access their data as needed.

Further, a cloud-to-cloud backup service doesn't just backup data -- it also ensures that the data is kept in a high security environment with proper audit logging and tracking. Confidential, personal, and sensitive data backups need to be protected to the same rigorous standards as the original data.

A cloud-to-cloud backup will ensure that you can always access your data, whether or not your cloud hosting service is available or your Software-as-a-Service platform is operating as it should. However, it's still important to work with a trusted partner for your backup services, as they will be responsible for the security of all of your data. For more information about cloud-to-cloud backup services contact CWPS today.

Why Data Backup and a Disaster Recovery Plan Are Not the Same Thing

Disaster Recovery StartDon't assume that you have a reliable disaster recovery plan just because you have a data backup solution. While important, a data backup solution is only one component of a disaster recovery plan. There are other elements, such as threat detection and service redundancies, that also play a critical role. In this post, we discuss why a disaster recovery plan is different from data backup and why it is so important that you have a plan in place.

The Danger of Relying on Data Backups Alone

Consider this scenario: your system has been backed up on a daily, weekly, monthly and annual basis since inception, so you think you're safe. You may have stored them on a private server in another location, on a co-located disk or through a cloud-based backup solution. Regardless, one day, in the middle of the day, you begin getting phone calls. Your service is down and you didn't even know it -- worse yet, your current files are corrupted. No problem, you think; I'll just restore the backup. But while the system is still going, it's churning out new data, none of which is being stored on the backup system. No one knows how to take down the system to restore the backup and no one knows what to tell the clients when they can't reach their services. Once you do finally bring up the backup -- which loses the new data that you had captured and gives you no way to contact the clients that had entered that data -- your system begins to malfunction again.

Scenarios like this are not uncommon, which is why every business needs to have a plan in place to deal with such disasters – one that doesn’t rely purely on backups.

What a Solid Disaster Recovery Plan Looks Like

Essentially, a recovery plan is all about what goes on before, during and after a disaster. There are different elements to a plan, ranging from recovering primary systems as quickly as possible to switching to feature-complete, redundant secondary systems. A solid plan will include a maintenance and supervision procedure or solution that will alert you the moment something is wrong with your system.

Employees need to be trained to react quickly if disaster does strike so that they immediately switch over to redundant systems so that data is not lost. A comprehensive recovery plan will tell your business how to deal with critical issues such as security problems, by locking down data and reducing the risk of a cyber-intrusion. A plan will also include client outreach; employees will know how and when to alert customers to potential business disruption in order to minimize damage.

A disaster recovery plan is not optional for modern businesses. Most companies today are reliant upon their digital infrastructure for the bulk of their business operations. If you don’t have a formal plan in place, then you should develop one immediately.

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