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Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery – What is Cloud Backup?

In our last Tech Tip, we explored the background of Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery. In this Tech Tip we are going to talk about Cloud Backup and how it works.

Cloud Backup is a backup solution that involves backing up data to remote location such as a public cloud like Microsoft Azure or an off-site server as opposed to storing data locally on a physical disk, such as a hard drive or tape backup. Getting your business data offsite is the critical piece to this solution as it ensures that even if you cannot access your work location your data is safely held elsewhere. 

Illustration of several types of devices being backed up to the cloud.

Here are key questions and considerations when discussing cloud backup options with your technology provider:

  1. What exactly is being backed up? Will the Cloud Backup focus on protecting the business data such as email, critical files, or the entire environment? 
  2. What is the frequency of the scheduled backups?
  3. How long will the data be retained, and more so; how far back can you go to recover this data?
  4. What industry requirements apply to your business? For example, do you need to retain data for a period of time to comply with HIPAA, other Federal regulations, contractual agreements and other business requirements?
  5. How long will it take to restore data in the event that you have lost information? Consider the question of how long your business can operate without access to some or all of its business information?
  6. Lastly, when and how often backups will be tested for recovery?

If you would like to discuss data backup needs, contact us and we will be happy to review with you. Click here for more information!

Stay tuned for our next Tech Tip to learn more about Cloud Backup and Disaster Recovery.

Countdown to Windows 7 End of Extended Support

Did you know that Windows 7 will be reaching the end of extended support on January 14, 2020?

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