What is Cloud Backup?
Cloud backup lets you store your data backup on a remote, cloud-based server rather than locally on a physical disk, such as an external hard drive. Simply put, it protects your business’ data by storing copies of files safely and securely off-site in case of theft, local disasters or human errors.
Defining the 3 Cloud Backup Models
Public Cloud Backup: is a commercial solution that involves backing up one’s data into a service provider’s data center over the Internet.
Private Cloud Nackup: is when a company builds and manages its own off-site storage facility in a data center.
Hybrid Cloud Backup: is a mix of on premise backup (we’ll get to that later), private cloud backup and third-party public cloud backup services, linking together two unique data centers.
Weighing the Pros & Cons of Each Cloud Backup Solution
Public Cloud: If you’re looking for a simple, budget-friendly option for storing your data backup, then you may want to look into a public cloud service provider. However, this option offers the least data security. While cheaper, some public cloud backup options don’t offer encryption, meaning you would be transferring your data over the internet unprotected. Moreover, some options also charge you more to retrieve your data than to store it, so make sure to read the fine print. Lastly, with the big businesses that offer public cloud backups comes big-business customer service—i.e. a headache and a smashed phone receiver.
Private Cloud: The principal benefits of a private cloud infrastructure are security and control. Since private clouds operate entirely within corporate firewalls, you have complete control over the entire backup process, if you use encryption, if the data is ever exposed to the internet, where it’s stored and how it’s stored. Furthermore, private clouds can be completely customized to fit your organization’s specific needs, allowing you to design a unique cloud platform. However, building and maintaining a private cloud infrastructure doesn’t come cheap. If your organization does not have the resources to build and manage a private cloud, then you may want to seek another cloud backup option.
Hybrid Cloud: Don’t want to settle? A hybrid cloud allows you to “mix and match” various elements from the public, private and on premise cloud models to create a solution that best fits your backup needs. Striking a balance between security, convenience and cost, hybrid cloud models let you store less sensitive information (i.e. marketing collateral, job announcements, etc.) in a cost-effective public cloud while housing private data in a more secure private cloud (payment cards, customer information, etc.).
The Non-Cloud Option
On-Premise: Even though this backup solution is not cloud-based, in the interest of full disclosure, it’s still worth mentioning. An on premise backup allows you to copy your data to a second hard drive or shared drive either manually or at specified intervals at your location. However, storing your data within an arm’s reach (literally) can be both beneficial and risky. Its close proximity allows for complete control and accessibility, but without an off-site component, your information is vulnerable to loss due to theft, natural disasters or damage.
How to Determine Which Cloud Backup Model is Right for You
Cloud backup is not one-size-fits-all. In order to make an informed decision about what cloud backup solution is right for your business, it’s important to have a comprehensive understanding of your IT infrastructure while also keeping in mind budgetary and data security considerations. If this sounds daunting to you, worry not—cloud backup experts (like those at Sagiss) can perform an audit on your network to help determine your business’ specific needs and what cloud model is the best fit for you. Contact us today to find out how we can help, or download the guide below for more information.