Data Backup, Storage, and Recovery

One concern that keeps many customers awake at night – is my data backed up?  If you don’t know the answer to that question, you may be at risk of losing critical information required to operate your business including customer details, financial records, or proprietary data.  Let AEM Business Solutions assess your current and future needs for data backup and recovery, business continuity, and even disaster recovery. We offer multiple data backup and recovery models with consideration for cost, downtime, and disaster recovery limitations.

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Don’t put all of your virtual eggs in one basket

Local and Offsite Backup Strategies

Backups should be handled like any sound investment strategy. Maximize your return and diversify, diversify, diversify. You won’t need to spread out your precious files over four or five different backup companies, but following a multi-tier backup plan can give you peace of mind even when disaster strikes. Many cloud storage providers want you to backup your data directly to cloud; use the cloud to backup, share, and recover your files. Taking this approach to backup is like putting all of your eggs in one basket. Yes it’s convenient to have it all in one place, but a bit risky and potentially devastating. A good approach to backup and disaster recovery is to maintain a multi-tier approach. Think about it as a “Good”, “Better”, “Best” approach.

Local backup

Having a local backup of your files is a “Good” backup strategy. We offer you many great local backup solutions that can help keep your files protected onsite for quick access and provide robust features like bare metal restore and granular file recovery. If you are looking to minimize cost, AEM Business Solutions can help you. Having local backups will guarantee fast recovery as you won’t have to wait to download the data from the cloud and be at the mercy of your download bandwidth.

Offsite backup

The local copy will ensure fast restore times, but it does not guard against local disasters beyond a hardware failure. Theft, fire, flood, or any other disaster (natural or otherwise) can render the local backup line of defense useless. An offsite copy is the only option that will truly protect your data safely from a local disaster. Thankfully, AEM Business Solutions have stepped in here to allow for a ”set and forget” schedule to make sure a copy of the local backups make it offsite on a regular basis.

Local backup and Offsite copy

If your data is destroyed and you have a copy offsite, you can breathe easy knowing all is not lost. However, if your only offsite copy is in the cloud, it could take a while to fully recover everything; it all depends on your bandwidth. Having another copy of this data at a nearby location could mean the difference of restoring your data within hours, rather than days. You can make a copy to another location, but you should turn to technology to help automatically maintain this hot copy.

Smart Backups

A full backup created from within Windows, of course, backs up all the files in a partition or on a disk by copying all disk sectors with data to the backup image file. This is the simplest form of backup, but it is also the most time-consuming, space-intensive and the least flexible. Typically full backups are only done once a week and are part of an overall backup plan. Sometimes a full backup is done after a major change of the data on the disk, such as an operating system upgrade or software install. The relatively long intervals between backups mean that if something goes wrong, a lot of data is going to be lost. That’s why it is wise to back up data between full backups. Both differential and incremental backups are “smart” backups that save time and disk space by only backing up changed files.

Differential backup

Differential backups were the next step in the evolution of backup strategies. A differential backup backs up only the files that changed since the last full back. For example, suppose you do a full backup on Sunday. On Monday you back up only the files that changed since Sunday, on Tuesday you back up only the files that changed since Sunday, and so on until the next full backup. It is quicker than full backups because so much less data is being backed up.

Incremental backup

Incremental backups also back up only the changed data, but they only back up the data that has changed since the last backup — be it a full or incremental backup. If you do an incremental backup on Tuesday, you only back up the data that changed since the incremental backup on Monday. The result is a much smaller, faster backup. The characteristic of incremental backups is the shorter the time interval between backups, the less data to be backed up.