Good backups are critical to your Backup/Disaster Recovery planning but if you are only backing up locally or onsite, you are missing the most important element of a good Backup/Disaster Recovery plan.
Cloud (offsite) backups protect against catastrophic events such as fires, theft, power surges, viruses and ransomware attacks. Good backups are compressed and encrypted to protect privacy and security of those backups and ensure that they are usable when needed. The 3-2-1 rule is a best practice for backup and recovery. It means that when you build out your backup and recovery strategy you should:
- Keep at least three copies of your data. That includes the original copy and at least two backups.
- Keep the backed-up data on two different storage types. The chances of having two failures of the same storage type are much better than for two completely different types of storage. Therefore, if you have data stored on an internal hard drive, make sure you have a secondary storage type, such as external or removable storage, or the cloud.
- Keep at least one copy of the data offsite
- Even if you have two copies on two separate storage types but both are stored onsite, a local disaster could wipe out both of them. Keep a third copy in an offsite location, like the cloud.
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The 3-2-1 backup rule is a best practice for onsite data because it ensures that you’ll have a copy of your data no matter what happens. Multiple copies prevent you from losing the only copy of your data. Multiple locations ensure that there is no single point of failure and that your data is safe from disasters such as fires and floods.
Cloud storage services such as OneDrive or Dropbox are becoming very popular with small businesses and can quickly allow you to revert to a previous version of your document if necessary; but what if your cloud account is hacked and all data is lost and/or corrupted? Cloud storage still requires a backup to another location the meet the best practice of data backup.
CPI Networks’ cloud backup service meets and/or exceeds the above criteria. Automatically backing up data to a remote server is a smart solution because it is automatic; you don’t have to worry about doing it. You can set it and forget it, so it won’t take any additional thought or effort in the future. This also means that your data will be backed up fairly quickly after you change or add to it, so you’ll always have a recent backup. When you’re moving a drive around on your own, you may be stuck with a backup a few weeks old if you lose your primary, onsite backup.
Safely protect your data with Cloud Backups from CPI Networks. We offer multiple solutions starting at $20 per month and your data can be hosted in Canada to ensure you comply with Canadian Privacy law.