Whether you’re looking to back up documents, photos and videos from your personal computer or valuable client information and files within your business, the cloud can help – and all without the hassle of dealing with multiple hard drives, servers and other confusing IT technology and professionals. Backing up your files via the cloud can typically be done with low upfront costs and unlimited storage. What’s more is that users can access their files and documents from anywhere at anytime (via mobile or computer), so long as they have Internet access. So how do you go about backing up files on the cloud? There are three basic methods – with software, appliances and third party vendors. Let’s take a look at each of them:
Cloud enabled Backup Software
As you may have already guessed, backup software is, well, software that helps users backup data in the cloud in the event that an unforeseen event were to occur. Deploying a software program essentially takes a snapshot of the data on a daily basis right from your server, ensuring that any changes or alterations are saved securely and safely. With a software package, there’s typically an upfront cost associated, however minimal recurring costs with software. Software such as eVault, Commonvault and Symantec are actually even capable of offsite replication, an additional benefit to choosing a backup software vendor.
Here’s a diagram of how it would look using just backup software for cloud backup to a vendor’s cloud.
Cloud enabled Backup Appliance
Backup appliances, such as those from eVault and Barracuda Networks, typically come with more of an upfront cost when compared to backup cloud software, but appliances streamline procurement and other data storage features to completely protect any IT environment. Think of appliances as types of vaults that integrate with the cloud, in that they automatically replicate data and store it on the cloud, in a quick and secure manner. Backup jobs can easily be scheduled. Appliances are able to backup both physical and virtual machines.
In this senario, the softare is replaced by an appliance and the appliance enables the cloud backup.
Third Party Cloud
The final basic option as far as cloud backup goes is the the third party cloud as IaaS, which is typically deployed for virtual machines – not physical ones. “IaaS” stands for “infrastructure as a service,” which is exactly what you get when you transition to a third party cloud – the use of someone else’s cloud infrastructure. This also means that it requires a software which is usually from the cloud hosting provider. One neat feature of a third party cloud is its ability to load virtual machine snapshots, which are stored with a reserved fixed cost in the cloud. In the event of a disaster or unforeseen act, the data can then be pulled back up. Common third party vendors include HP, Dell, Rackspace and Terremark. Cost for third party cloud vendors often is reflective of the resources that a particular company or person uses.
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