Three features Crucial to Your Server Backup Software Process

Mark Martin

[Posted January 7th 2015 by: Mark Martin]

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You need to back up your system so that if anything happens, you can retrieve your data. Server backup software often comes with plethora features. It’s important to include many of these features in your backup process. Make sure the software offers these features.

Incremental vs. Differential Backups

Backup types include full, incremental and differential backup.  When you run a full backup, the server backup software grabs all the files on your server, whether you accessed the files within the last few minutes or several years ago.

Conversely, incremental backups grab only those files that experienced a change since the last time the software performed an incremental backup. And a differential backup pulls files and folders that changed since the last full backup. Both of these backup features always grab new files and folders.

While a full backup will take an extremely long time, you must complete one at some point as you’ll need it as a jump off point for other backups. Also, if you ever need to perform a complete restore, you can use this backup to get all of your files and folders.

Incremental backups are faster and require less storage space. You will require a full backup if you want to perform a complete restore. This also means that a complete restore might take some time to complete.

Differential backups are the fastest of the three backup versions, and it requires the least amount of storage space.  If you need to do a complete restore, it’ll take the longest of the three because you’ll need to restore the full backup along with the last differential backup.

Multiple File Version Support

Software changes occur, and for a variety of reasons, companies are sometimes forced to run various versions of software implications.  This sometimes happens when a company updates its systems in stages,  or when certain departments or older computers must access older legacy systems.

Whatever your reason for maintaining multiple file versions, you want backup software that can support all versions – not just the latest version.

Data Encryption

Data encryption makes your data unreadable to unauthenticated users. This means that if hackers get their hands on your information, it’ll be of no use to them.  Data encryption is also crucial because it protects your systems from viruses. For example, if a virus targets your database, you can use your encrypted backup to restore a clean version.

Data encryption comes in many versions, so you’ll need to choose options that are best for your organization. For example you might need server backup software encryption, as well as application and email encryption.  Also, industry and government regulations often require data encryption, so your data compliance policies and procedures must include encryption processes.

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