Types of backup defined
- Full Backup – As the name implies is a full, independent snapshot at a specific time, this single set will allow you to recover all the data that was included in the backup without any other requirements. Of all types of backup this is the slowest version since it contains a full/independent data set.
- Differential Backup – This type of backup relies on having a full backup first , then the differential backup captures what has changed from the initial full backup. Restoring from a differential backup only requires the full initial set and the latest differential backup.
- Incremental Backup – As the previous type it relies initially on having a full backup, then each incremental backup set stores what have changed staggered from the latest incremental backup. This type of backup takes shorter than both differential and full backup, however it takes longer to restore and requires every incremental backup since the last full backup and the full backup set.
- Mirror backup – This is an exact copy in time of the system, however the difference with full backups is that you rely in a single copy of the latest state of the system, which might include corrupted / encrypted files. It is not wise to rely on a single mirror backup.
Cloud backups are a crucial component of a comprehensive backup strategy. Cloud backups help make sure if your company suffers a natural disaster, you can restore your data off-site. The downside of Cloud-based backups is that it takes longer to restore your information into your system.
The 3-2-1 Strategy:
There are different backup strategies. However, the 3-2-1 strategy for copies is highly effective. It involves three copies located in two locations, such as on-premise and cloud storage
places. Ultimately, it would be best if you produced these backups at least once a day for maximum protection.
Once your systems go down, or you suffer data loss, you want to have a partner by your side that can quickly restore your computer system from a backup no matter what day or time it is.
It’s essential that you work with an IT provider that verifies the integrity of copies. The last thing you need is to restore your network with a backup that has data corruption issues or cannot restore because of other problems.
A daily backup report is a useful tool that allows monitoring the success or failure of your backups and if any corruptions happened.
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