Since the dawn of time ( or at least since the invention of people wanting to store digital data in a secure and reliable fashion J) everyone has been searching for that perfect fit in terms of on-site, offsite, cloud based, not cloud based, tape, floppy, external hard drive swaps and everything in between. Everyone looking for that holy grail “ a backup system that is easy to use, fast and reliable, there when you need it (in event of disaster) but automated day to day. For many years now the term “Cloud Backup” has been banded around as the best thing since sliced bread. But saying Cloud backup, leaves many people still unsure of what is actually involved and some feel the tern “Cloud” itself to be too vague altogether.
Then we get talking about Public Cloud and Private Cloud options which offer little in the way of clarifying the situation. So let’s attempt that now in layman’s terms:
Public Cloud: When we talk of Public cloud we are generally talking about low cost and (generally) low service response levels.
Private Cloud: A private cloud on the other hand is more seen as a fully fledged part of the organisation, with the service levels comparable to the rest of the IT department in house. The cost may be higher than the afore mentioned public cloud, but generally lower when comparing to other in-house systems.
Large organisations have opted for a setup called “Tiering”. Essentially Tieriing is different hardware to store data on coupled with the dynamic movement between these devices. Data is also graded into specific types and filtered into the correct repository.
What’s the pro’s for adding a tiered cloud backup service to your organisation?
Firstly, the cloud backup physical boxes and infrastructure is outsourced, so you do not have that initial purchase and setup costs. Additionally, you also do not foot the bill for upgraded when that hardware deteriorates over time.
Most public and private clouds are pay-as-you-play or pay-on-demand offerings which can significantly reduce the impact on your IT budget.
Cloud storage and backup in particular can eliminate the need for tape storage and rotation. More and more organisations are using cloud storage as the final destination for data, therefore reducing the need to store tapes or contract services of a 3rd party to do this for you.
When a business large or small decides to review their backup provision and want to explore Cloud backup in the mix, the main motivation is likely to be the much touted lower costs and overall convenience of just letting someone else do the backup for you. Businesses should be prepared for off-site offerings to have differing service levels to that of containing everything in-house. In some organisations this differential may be completely acceptable if everyone is aware of the possible implications. Whatever you decide, the options are endless as to which cloud backup provider to choose.
Below we list a few for your consideration, we have chosen these based on which offer UK Datacentres along with reliability and security:
If you are looking for a reliable and secure Cloud Backup partner you’ll do well to top the offering from UKCloudBackup.com who offer Cloud Backup UK data-centers.