Backup and Recovery in Preparations of Hurricane Season
Backing up your data could save time and frustration.
It’s that time of year again. Time to start thinking about getting the old generator out of storage or start stocking up on some food. During the hurricane season some people start prepping early while some wait till the last minute. Regardless if you start early and wait, many forget about one thing. Backing up their data in case of a flood. Whether you are a homeowner with one computer or a business owner with an entire database, you should always back up your data for hurricane season. When you choose your method of back up, whether it be cloud base or disc base, here at EZETech we make it easy to choose and to have a solution for when things go wrong.
What is data backup?
Data backup is the process of creating a mirror copy of your data and storing it in a safe place in case the original is lost or damaged. In the event of a disaster, having that backup will allow you restore your data to the point before the event occurred.
Where can I store my backup?
There are two main backup options. One is a cloud-based storage. The other is a local storage.
Cloud Based Storage. Cloud based storage is a popular option among most people and companies. It is easy to use and can be accessed anywhere with just and internet connection. This is possible because the server is in a place that can be accessed remotely. They are typically less expensive and there is no need for maintenance of hardware. In the case of a disaster such as a flood or lighting strike, the server would not be onsite, meaning safe and sound. The only real downside to cloud base is the to download a full backup. This is because it is dependent on the internet speed.
Local Storage. Local storage refers to the process of backing up data to a local device. Examples would be a disk, flash drive, external hard drive, or server. Having a local backup means fast transfer speeds. Whether it’s uploading a backup or downloading, local is faster since it’s not dependent on internet. Local also allows you to know where your data is stored. One major downside of a local back up is that in the event of a disaster, your data could be at risk.
So, what do I do?
You might be tempted to do the cloud because it’s easy and you can access it anywhere. However, you might be hesitant because of the speed of internet. Then you look at the local and think it is faster but at greater risk if something where to happen. Well, the answer is easy, use both options. It is always a great idea to have multiple copies of your data in various locations. Here at EZETech we recommend both options in our Managed IT plan. This allows you to have the faster workflow of a local storage and the security of cloud base. Just a reminder, you shouldn’t backup your data just because it’s the start of hurricane season. You should always back up your storage because you never know when disaster may strike.