Online data backup can work to help keep data safer than it otherwise would be.

Backup techniques must keep up with the times

Stephen Perkins

When it comes to keeping data backup techniques up to date, Peter Eicher wrote the Data Protection Insights blog on Computerworld that it should be a lot like matching up old bricks.

"I have a task for you," he wrote. "Imagine we are standing in a large room, about 100 feet from end to end. On one end of the room is a pile of 1,000 very heavy bricks, in 10 unique colors, 100 bricks of each color.  A new pile is delivered every day. Your job is to get one brick of each color across the room on a daily basis."

For companies trying to move to a host-side online data backup solution, they would start sorting the bricks before moving any of them. While this may take some time, he said this initial classification process simplifies the tasks to follow. 

While corporate data sets aren't exactly bricks, he said carrying bricks is something like "data lift," or creating impact exactly where it isn't wanted in the system. This is not smart to do, as he said it is "dumb" to employ data backup efforts that require a lot of needless effort.

"The conclusion is clear: eliminating redundant data – sorting out the bricks – at the source side makes the most sense," Eicher wrote. "But there are technologically different ways to do this, which have their own smart and dumb aspects."

TechTarget said the rationale businesses have for online data backup is very simple, as strict reliance on physical devices raises the risk for theft, fire or other problems that could endanger or permanently delete the information. With online data backup, the information is kept separately from where the business resides, thus keeping it safe just in case anything happens within brick and mortar contained in company walls. 

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