Why choose between the speed of local backups and the flexibility of the cloud? Hybrid cloud backups offer the best of both worlds.
Cloud backup providers extolling the virtues of their services have often been quick to dismiss local, tape-based backups. You’ve probably heard them described as inefficient, unsecure, and difficult to recover from. There is certainly truth to this, but local backups still offer benefits, especially for businesses looking to recover large amounts of data quickly. In this blog post we’ll take a look at hybrid cloud backups, and explain how they combine the benefits of cloud and local backups to offer the best of both worlds.
The Importance of Recoverability
Cloud backups are typically straightforward for small to mid-sized businesses to deploy, manage, and recover from. If your Managing Director is looking to restore a file he accidentally deleted from a month ago, cloud backups make this incredibly easy.
But for larger businesses and enterprises, there are some specific instances where cloud backups can be inefficient. Say you’ve suffered a significant ransomware attack. You’ve isolated and removed the malware, but you now have several terabytes of data to recover from the data centre. Depending on the bandwidth available, this can lead to a lengthy recovery process as data is gradually transferred from the remote data centre across to your local servers.
Hybrid Cloud Backup
So what’s the solution? How do you combine the flexibility and ease of cloud backups with the LAN speed recovery times possible with local backups? The answer is hybrid cloud backups. AssureStor’s backup2cloud platform delivers hybrid cloud backups that utilise an onsite appliance as a staging ground to the cloud. The onsite appliance retains data for a set period of time, whilst replicating data across to the cloud in the background.
Through this method, backup2cloud’s hybrid cloud backups offer the best of both worlds. LAN-speed recovery for recent backups – similar to that delivered by local tape backups – combines with secure, offsite cloud backups for ‘infinite’, scalable retention that also offers a form of disaster recovery functionality.
AssureStor’s backup2cloud platform delivers hybrid cloud backups to businesses of all sizes. The backup2cloud platform is inherently secure, and combines rapid recovery with deep level retention. Contact us if you’d like to learn more.