2016 is here, and cloud users are more active than ever. A study conducted by RightScale in 2016 suggests that individuals and companies are adopting hybrid cloud adoption more than ever, and investing in cloud infrastructure seems to be the way to go.
How important is cloud backup?
Companies can store all their important data over the cloud, instead of just storing it on-premise, which can be lost easily in the event of a disaster or natural calamity. Cloud backup n is that it is the most cost-effective method of providing both hardware and software. However, there are certain pitfalls companies need to be wary of and guard themselves against. The areas are :
- The data is accessible through web browsers and so data loss needs to be prevented.
- Discrepancies in the data security will prove very expensive for the company, hence it must be prevented at all costs.
Cloud Backup Tips
- a) Backup the data on the cloud. This can be done by either a secure cloud option or using sneakernet which records the data every night. You could also opt for disaster storage backup which is housed in a fire and disaster-proof area. You can also choose another center to back up the data for another branch of the office. This works well, especially if there are a number of offices in various locations.
- b) Take backups at regular intervals especially of databases. A weekly total backup is a must.
- c) A recovery process clause should be part of the service level agreement with the cloud company. That way, copies of data will be available if and when needed.
- d) Checkpoint based duplication of data is to be done along with the data backup so the recovery will be easier and simpler and it will also be better for the reading as well as the writing of the stored data.
In addition to this, in case there is a situation where the cloud provider needs to be left or the cloud provider wants to part ways with you, a plan should be ready to help you make the transition to the next cloud.
Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan
How do you secure your data over the cloud? A good cloud data disaster recovery plan can help you to store important data in the cloud rather than invest in high IT infrastructure costs, that require high purchase and maintenance costs. A good plan looks at what the organization needs to store over the cloud, and the best way to go about cloud capacity planning. It looks at points like the amount of time needed in case the company needs to restore data from the cloud to on-premise and if there is enough network capacity and bandwidth to direct users to use cloud successfully?
What’s happening in 2016?
Companies are increasingly using cloud backup to store data and make sense of it. Big Data is well on its way. There is a focus on cloud analytics, with organizations keeping a tab on cloud deployment costs and the ability for the cloud to expand rapidly.