Remote backup services offer greater benefits than traditional tape or disk solutions.

Best practices for online backup solutions

Stephen Perkins

The importance of data backup for businesses is integral for sustained growth and continuity. New methods have replaced the need for tape and disk backups with cloud-based alternatives. Cybersecurity threats and natural disasters have encouraged the use of remote backups as massive volumes of data eclipse the majority of in-house storage capacities.

While cloud data storage has experienced rapid growth, some unfortunate past events including a large online backup service going out of business and a vendor that failed to renew its domain, have made some businesses question the otherwise reliable solutions offered by service providers.

Although these instances are rare and many backup and recovery services offer credible solutions, it remains important to follow established best practices when using online data backup services, according to HostReview contributor Drew Fenway.

As Fenway noted, backing up important data should never be a onetime event. Changes in laws and compliance regulations, service provider terms and technology require companies to constantly revisit their data protection and recovery strategies. Continuous data protection solutions and keeping up with latest updates and news are good practices to follow.

Having an overall data backup plan is crucial, which requires more than just scheduling daily backups. Considering what to backup, where to store it and how often these processes need to be executed are key ingredients to any successful remote backup solution. Additionally, setting up accessibility permissions and encrypted data protection passwords should be a part of any plan.

Waiting for something bad to happen to test backup and recovery strategies will only increase the potential for a damaging data loss incident. Initiating a couple of test runs by storing and retrieving files will prepare businesses for the real thing.

With any comprehensive solution, it's important to have local copies of mission-critical data that's stored remotely. While remote and cloud-based backups are great for storing and sharing data regardless of one's location, companies with large volumes of data can avoid extended downtime when recovering files from the cloud by having a local storage device on site.

While many service providers offer trustworthy solutions, it doesn't hurt to follow these practices when using remote backups for greater peace of mind.

Categories: Cloud Backup, Data Management, Data Protection, Disaster Recovery, Online Backup, Server Backup