You know that feeling of relief you feel when after hours of working on a document, there's a power outage, but the backup was made seconds before? Or, when arriving at the parking lot, you realize that your car has been stolen or there has been an accident and with the impact the total loss of your vehicle is considered certain. Despite the shock, the feeling of tranquility comes from knowing that the insurance you contracted will solve all the problems. Point for prevention.

Backup, a necessary evil?

In cloud computing , backup goes against the idea of ​​being a necessary evil, an expression that is often used, for example, when paying regularly for insurance or a health plan, or even, the necessary investment in different types of media, to have a version of important files stored in a safe place to be recovered in case of problems.

Backup means security, commitment to the continuity of the company's operations and guaranteed credibility for cloud computing service providers, since in the event of any disaster the customer can return to the market in the shortest possible time and with reduced financial impact.

Data backup and recovery functionalities are essential for any type of service linked to cloud computing. This is one of the fundamental principles of AWS and involves storage infrastructure, high-tech solutions and procedures being performed regularly.

Backup, a two-way street

The production of backup copies and the procedures to carry out the data recovery is not only an obligation of the suppliers, it is necessary a policy created and executed also by the customers.

Having access to the latest technology in performing backup and recovery provided by the cloud is of no use if the customer:

  1. Not implementing your policies and standards to generate your backups

  2. Not having the whole process documented, always up to date and with knowledge of the main areas involved

  3. Not having trained personnel to perform all recovery actions in case of disasters

  4. Failure to store all media recorded during the entire process in a suitable and safe place

  5. Failure to regularly promote tests to verify the efficiency and effectiveness of the use of the technology employed, mastery of procedures and detect points for improvement.

It is worth noting that many companies experience risky situations and even total disasters, as they implement their backup processes and think that they can just leave everything running on automatic. It is a fatal mistake to think that in case of problems everything will happen magically and actions that are transparent to the user will occur, guaranteeing the continuity of operations.

Backup is also information security

Files stored in backup, in addition to being essential for the continuity of a company's business, are sensitive data and need high security. Imagine the possible risks if magnetic tapes, hard drives or DVDs fall into the hands of the wrong people like hackers or even direct competitors.

Another important point related to security is the need for copies to be stored in different locations than the points of origin. For example, in case of fire, it is totally ineffective for the company to have stored the original data and copies on the same server or datacenter.

All these details must be included in the companies' policies and processes, and they need to be validated and audited by independent companies with extensive market experience. Nothing can go unnoticed in something as important as data backup and recovery.

Sky.One Sky.One strategic partner of AWS , the market leader in the cloud, has trained professionals to implement data backup and recovery processes with the full Amazon warranty standard. Get in touch with our team and see how we can help.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.