With every new device you add, your business grows in power, efficiency, and size. However, with a larger business and more devices to manage a need for security begins to arise. What if a disaster should strike? How can you ensure peace of mind for all of the data you are accumulating? The solution seems simple to start setting up a disaster recovery plan and obtain backups of all of your data on your machines but what type of backup is best for you? With the help of our certified technicians, RCS dives into the different types of backup solutions are out there and which ones may be the better fit for you and your business.
What solutions are out there?
There are three main different forms of backups that are commonly referred to as: Image Based, File Backup, and Synchronization. There is also a backup specific to databases known as Database Backup, however unless you have a large database or applications then this form of backup will not prove to be very useful.
This backup is by far the most common form. Essentially how this backup works is that it takes each individual file from your device and saves a copy of that file to another location you specify. This backup is a good solution for saving important documents and files you have created but is not extremely useful for saving any software versions and can provide slow full recovery times.
For an Image Based backup an image is actually taken of your entire device and saved in a separate location to create a complete virtual copy of your machine. This backup, although it can take up a large amount of space, provides the fastest disaster recovery time.
A synchronization backup works similarly to File Backups in that it copies files and saves them to a second location. Synchronization backups differ though in that it updates and synchronizes any changes made between two or more devices or even just to your hard drive.
After you’ve chosen a backup solution that best fits your business it is important to remember that there is actually still one more decision to be made. How often do you want your backups to run? There are typically three options for this that include: Full, Incremental, and Differential. As the name implies a Full Backup is a complete backup of your entire device while Incremental is only a backup of all of the changes made since the last backup. A Differential backup is unique in that it works similarly to Incremental by backing up only the changes that have been made since the last full backup. Differential will start with making a full backup and then form that point only save changes that are made.
Depending upon how much data you have that needs to be backed up, choosing from Full, Incremental, and Differential Backups may not seem all that important but in the long run it will prove to be very useful should disaster ever hit. A Full Backup proves to require the most storage space but has the fastest recovery time will Incremental has the slowest recovery time out of all three options.
Choosing the right backup solution and plan can be hard, but that’s why RCS is here. We will consult you and provide the best plan of action and solution tailored to your needs. Give us a call at 909•949•9159 for a free consultation with one of our certified technicians.
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