Backups are one of the things commonly being overlooked these days, particularly by less experienced IT Support companies. Even though many of the traditional types of data such as email and files have moved to the cloud where they are backed up, this doesn’t mean that remaining on-premise services no longer require backing up. There are usually several application servers, and domain controllers for user logins, still onsite which need to be backed up.
The concern with backups is that you don’t know whether you’ve got the right solution until the day you need to restore data. Milnsbridge examines every business according to its own unique requirements and designs a solution to suit. Whether that be an on premise, in cloud, or hybrid solution, you can be certain you can rely on Milnsbridge. The Milnsbridge Managed Backup solution includes ongoing support and 24/7 monitoring to ensure your backups are successful.
This is the traditional starting point for most businesses, particularly those that have been in business for some time. On-premise backups typically comprise two methods, firstly file backup, and secondly image backup. The key difference is that file backup is exactly that, just a copy of the files. In the event of a restore you can copy files back. That sounds great, but if the problem is actually with the server operating system, or the applications on the server, then a simple file backup is not going to get you up and running quickly.
Image backups, or snapshot backups, are essentially a photograph of the hard drive contents. Image backups are a far better choice as they provide both file level restoration, and entire disk restoration so you can get up and running again quickly and reliably.
On-premise backups are usually stored either on tapes, hard drives or network storage devices like a SAN or NAS. What technologies are used depends on the amount of data, how long you want to keep backups for, your budget, and how fast you need data restored in the event of a problem.
The key element of any on-premise backup strategy is storing a copy of the backups offsite. Whilst the technology behind tape backup seems quite old, they are in fact still one of the cheapest, most reliable, methods of providing offsite storage with long term retention. For small businesses, USB hard drives are also a very common option as well. If you have the bandwidth available then replication of on-premise backups to the cloud is always preferred.
Our recommended hybrid on-premise/cloud backup solution would typically involve image backups to local storage which are then replicated to the Cloud. This provides for fast onsite access to backups from the locally stored version with the benefit of pulling it back from the cloud in the event of a total data loss.
Everybody talks about Cloud backup, but there is very little explanation of what it means. “Its cloud backup so it must be great” is a very common perception. Unfortunately there is much more involved that simply “backing up to the cloud”. Like with any backup solution the key is always about preparation.
To start with there are two basic types of cloud backup, firstly there is direct to the cloud, and secondly there is replication to the cloud. Direct to the cloud suggests that the data is backed up directly to the cloud which sounds great, however it doesn’t tend to be very suitable for businesses as this method will usually only provide backups of files, or a specific application, and not the whole system.
Replication to the cloud is typically the final stage in a multi-stage backup strategy which usually starts with an on-premise backup which is then replicated to the cloud. The purpose of having the on-premise backup replicated to the cloud is mainly for disaster recovery, essentially eliminating the need for tapes or USB hard drives in order to have an offsite copy of the backups.
The Cloud backup technology used by Milnsbridge reduces the total onsite backup data by up to 70% and offsite data by up to 85%. With the additional benefits of deduplication only a small fraction of the daily changes require replication minimising bandwidth. Milnsbridge can supply all the hardware and software to provide the complete solution.
Instead of significant cash outlays to buy a decent backup solution, Milnsbridge provides a Managed Backup Service which include all backup software licensing, hardware, and support for a low monthly fee. Whenever the backup software needs updating, the costs are covered, whenever hardware needs replacing either due to data growth or failure the costs are covered too.
This is just a very brief overview, and since every backup solution is designed to meet our customer’s needs, we recommend you calling and have a chat with us.
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