Today, no one in their right mind would rely on just local backups. Further, considering the amount of content even an average blog would contain, it might not be practical. For most issues that could compromise data and content today, cloud backups are the answer. What is cloud backup? This blog will attempt to answer all your questions.
First, what is the cloud?
The cloud refers to services that run on the internet and not locally on your computer. That infrastructure is comprised of a collection of servers that make up the cloud.
When you take a cloud backup, it involves sending a copy of whatever data you wish to secure, to be stored in a system independent from its source network.
What data do you want to backup?
There are numerous online services that help you easily backup any kind of data to the cloud -from your website to your computer system files.
Why should you backup your data?
In the online world today, even with all the security tools available, ensuring that your website is 100% secure can be quite a challenge. A must-do in this environment is to take continuous backups of your website data. This will ensure, that in the event that your website is attacked or taken down, you can immediately restore it from your backup reserves to ensure business as usual.
Backing up your data helps prevent:
- Data loss from website or computer system
- Disruptions in the functioning of your website
Now, at least for personal system backups, some of you might be thinking of external hard drives or even USB drives. The key word or advantage that Cloud Backups have over any of these options is its ‘independence’ and ‘easy accessibility’. Storing backups in the cloud ensure that your data is stored securely at a location away from your current computer system and environment and is also easily accessible at any time and from any device.
Why can I not just use free Google Drive and Dropbox accounts?
Do not confuse these services with file systems in the cloud such as Google Drive or Dropbox as the protection offered is quite limited and is not meant to backup massive amounts of website or system content.
How to backup to the cloud?
1. Cloud backups for your website:
There are several backup options available online. As part of the Cloud hosting industry, ResellerClub recognizes the importance of website backups and of offering our customers comprehensive solutions for their online businesses. With this in mind, we offer one of the best solutions in the market – CodeGuard. CodeGuard backs up your data as frequently as you want and secures it with the highest standards in the industry.
Let’s take a look at how to backup your data:
- Connect your website to CodeGuard’s servers (via FTP, SFTP, URL, WordPress plugin, IP, SSH, etc)
- Set your backup preferences
CodeGuard will automatically start backing up your data, After the initial backup, CodeGuard will only backup changes that are made to your website content (making each further backup faster and taking up less storage space). If CodeGuard detects any changes in the content, it notifies you immediately.
The bonus point about CodeGuard backups are how securely your data is treated. CodeGuard backups of your data are treated with AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 256-bit encryption, which is an industry standard and is stored in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3).
2. Cloud backups for system data:
Again, several options for system backups as well. A few that work pretty well are Backblaze, IDrive and Acronis. Backblaze offers unlimited backup for all your data except for temporary files, applications and your OS, while IDrive lets you backup your data with upto 2 TB of storage for several devices in 1 account. Acronis creates dual backups i.e to the cloud and on your system so that you have both on-site and off-site availability.
Best practices today- Hybrid backups-
In the cyber world today, you can’t be too careful. A best practice today is to store your backups both locally and in the cloud. Also, as most backups are for issues that occured in the previous 24 hours, local backups of a day of data should be doable by most companies.
We hope this blog helped you discover what a cloud backup is and how to take a backup to the cloud in an easy and efficient way. Have you been backing up your data to the cloud? What tools do you use? Let us know in the comment section below.