What is cloud backup and how does it work?

What is cloud backup and how does it work?

Cloud backup is considered highly essential to keep your business running. It takes care of the business even in times of any crisis. The IT requirements of a business keep growing and need the help of managed it services. Creating a cloud is also a part of this. To know more about this read further.

What is a cloud backup?

Generally, for safety purposes, we all keep a backup of various important information. When the backup is held digitally it is called cloud backup. A copy of the important files, applications, and servers is safely held on a remote network. This can be accessed through the internet. A network of connected computers is called a cloud. True to its name it remains undisturbed and unreachable making it a safe place for data.

  • All the data in the cloud are protected from ransomware attacks. They are guarded with a high level of security.
  • The data in transit are also protected by encryption. It can only be read by those who have access.

Features of an effective cloud service:

  • There should be flexibility in the availability of models so that the clients are able to choose the one suited to their needs.
  • It should not be a rigid system as a single system may not suit all types of businesses.
  • The price ranges should also be based on the amount of data covered. If the storage required is small at the moment facility to obtain the same should be given. At the same time scaling to higher storage must also be possible when required.

Types of cloud backup available:

  • The first is the full backup. It copies the entire data every time a backup is initiated. Though it is said to provide great security this may not be possible for all enterprises since the storage required is huge. Also, it takes up a lot of time which does not find favor with many.
  • There is another kind of backup known as incremental backup. As per the name it only adds to the already existing backup. Whatever has been introduced new is only taken for backup. In terms of time and storage, this consumes less but is not said to be a complete backup. But overall this seems to be the most preferred form of cloud backup.
  • There is this differential backup which is quite similar to the incremental one but here only any altered data is taken into account. If there is any change since the last backup, only that is taken for backup.

There are several advantages and disadvantages associated with each of these types of backup. Before choosing one it is important to weigh the same.

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