Cloud Backup and Recovery and the benefits of the ‘Air Gap’

Let’s face it. Backups are generally a thankless job and the consequences for getting it wrong can be grave. A successful backup implementation requires more than just a safe place to store your backups. It requires a full evaluation of your current environment, a personalized architecture and a proactive plan to monitor and manage your systems, making sure your data is always available. The most important part of your backups isn’t just the taking of the backup, but making sure your ability to restore and recover is guaranteed.

For some time, traditional backups have used tapes for long-term storage. Tape has never been a top-of-the-line technology and no one enjoys managing it. After taking a backup, a tape service delivers that tape offsite for safe keeping. When you need that backup, you must file a ticket with the tape company, wait for the delivery, re-load it and take inventory in your library. Who has the time?

Fortunately, cloud backups have taken us out of the stone-age by affording us a much simpler process. Cloud backups are valuable because they provide the same benefits you get from tape backups without having to manage the tape. Most importantly, the data is accessible in a way that isn’t normally possible with tape. Let us explain.

Cloud backups are inherently offsite. For the concept of backups, anything cloud in nature, is not in your data center, giving you the advantage of an offsite copy of that data. This is where the idea of what’s called the ‘Air Gap’ comes into place. One reason that tape technology was around for so long is the Air Gap, an impenetrable space between you and your data.

Imagine having data on your laptop that is infected with a virus. If that laptop is connected to the network, and those backups are stored on a file server inside of the network that your laptop has access to, there is a very distinct possibility that your infected laptop will infect the backup set sitting on the file server, and corrupt everything.

The Air Gap is a real thing. If you write data to tape, and that tape goes offsite, it is not attached to anything, and that data is secure. The same thing goes for cloud. If I write a backup to object, the object storage is not natively accessible to your computer. It requires specialized software and credentials to get to it, keeping your data safe.

Cloud Backups and the Air GapAt KeyInfo, we leverage object storage as part of our cloud-based backup, meaning our clients have the similar protection of the Air Gap you get with tape but also receive all the benefits of online accessibility. By leveraging object storage, we provide infinitely scalable backups all in a pay-for-what-you-use model. The cloud expands as you continue to consume space, allowing you to backup to the cloud while keeping infrastructure and integration work out of sight, out of mind.

We do not believe in a one-size-fits-all model. We architect solutions to fit the client’s requirements in terms of capacity, growth, technical, business and compliance requirements, and budgets. We encrypt all data as it is written and have gone through our own HIPAA and SOC audits. We support a diverse set of operating systems and have 3 data centers across the United States. Most importantly, we never store data in the public cloud. By default, all of our data is put in our privately operated cloud environment.

Backups have come a long way since the days of tape and there is no excuse not to leverage the cloud as part of your backup solution. Want to talk cloud with us or hear more about KeyInfo’s backup and recovery solution?

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