Backing up your hosting account, VPS, or server is one of the most important things you can do to protect your data, yet it is a concept that is easy to overlook in a busy day. In the old days, most companies had a tape backup system that was slow but effective. Many companies now have moved backups to disk-based storage devices, and a new form of backup that is emerging now takes place in the cloud.
The cloud as a backup method has gained momentum in recent years, with many cloud service providers offering comprehensive solutions for both consumer and enterprise backup. While some have embraced this new backup method for its ease of use and lower cost, others argue that it is still not practical to use Internet bandwidth to backup large amounts of data that may reach into the terabytes.
There are three primary areas of cloud backup that many companies are exploring:
- Remote backup – the data is stored locally, and it is then backed up to a remote cloud service
- Cloud to cloud – outsourcing of both the servers and the backups
- Replication – on-site backups are present, but the cloud is used to replicate those backups for extra assurance.
One of the most critical features of any backup system is the ability to recover completely and quickly. If cloud backup methods are able to provide seamless and organized recovery, they may gain more customers in the future. Moreover, companies that may not need fast recovery for archived data may look to cloud services as a long-term backup/storage solution.