The word ‘backup’ is often associated with essential items like a backup parachute, battery, or plan. Typically, anything monumentally important has a spare available to avoid disaster. Backups are important in any situation when negative consequences occur should the original fail. Whether you find yourself needing a spare tire or a spare change of clothes, having a failsafe can help you avoid worst-case scenarios. This is equally important when considering stored data.
Whether you are hosting a website, database, or any other digital data, having a backup is vital. However, since backups require a significant investment of time and budget, it is important to work out the type of backup you need, how it is stored, and the timeframe for running backups.
Who needs to maintain data storage backups?
You can easily determine whether or not you need a storage backup by asking yourself one question:
What would happen if all of your data disappeared at midnight tonight?
If the answer to this question fills you with horror, then it’s plain you know that you need a storage backup. Read on!
How should you store your data?
There are quite a few options for data storage that vary based on how much data you have to store and the method you prefer for backup. For example, many brand-new or extremely small enterprises can store their data on a keychain USB stick. However, large to corporate enterprises may deploy entire servers dedicated to duplicating data. Most small to medium enterprises enlist the help of a backup attached to their web hosting package.
100TB.com offers Continuous Data Protection from backup specialists R1Soft. We have partnered with R1Soft due to their ability to take snapshots of data for easy, low bandwidth backups. After running the initial backup, subsequent backups will only record what has changed due to R1Softs proprietary block-level storage. This allows you to take backups as often as needed without overloading your systems. For a low monthly fee, you can rest easy knowing that you have a backup of your data in place you should ever need full or partial data recovery.
How often should you run a backup?
How often you back up your data depends on how often your data changes. Also, it’s worth considering how much work would need to be completed for every 24 hours of lost data. If the amount of time is insignificant then weekly backups would adequately cover. However, if your data changes minute by minute, then you may want to consider daily or even hourly backups.
Luckily, if you are a client with 100TB, creating and keeping a storage backup is incredibly easy within your Console account. Simply log in to add backup data storage options. As you move through the checkout process, you can choose how often your data is backed up. Options range from as often as 15 minutes to hourly, weekly, or monthly. To learn more about adding backups to your 100TB account visit 100TB.com.