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Cloud-based backup: Best strategies and practices

With this Essential Guide, learn about cloud-to-cloud backup, the hybrid cloud and how to use the cloud for disaster recovery, as well as some of the challenges that come with the growing field.


Cloud-based backup is an increasingly popular strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over an internet connection to an off-site server.

There are many elements to cloud-based backups. Hybrid clouds are frequently used for backup purposes because they relieve enterprises of the need to use a secondary data center. With a hybrid cloud, an organization manages backup data on-site for restores with an additional copy stored in the cloud.

Cloud-to-cloud backup, the practice of copying data that is stored on one cloud backup service to another cloud, is another emerging technology. And cloud disaster recovery (DR) is a component of a DR plan that involves maintaining copies of enterprise data in a cloud storage environment as a security measure. Cloud DR has evolved quite a bit in the last couple years, as virtualization allows users to run applications from cloud-hosted instances of virtual servers.

But there are challenges to cloud-based backup, such as the concern that nothing is perfectly secure. And while cloud DR offers many benefits, it is still a developing technology and users should be cautious. With this Essential Guide, learn some of the pros and cons of cloud backup and DR, and receive expert advice about the evolving technology arena.

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Expert advice and tips

Learn about data backup and disaster recovery as they relate to the hybrid cloud.


With cloud-based backup, one size does not fit all

When navigating your cloud backup options, take a close look at your cloud environment, including your cloud provider's native backup services, your databases and more. Continue Reading


Three ways to improve storage performance with hybrid cloud

Hybrid clouds are designed to deliver the best of both private and public cloud infrastructures. Here are three hybrid cloud advantages that can improve performance and reduce costs. Continue Reading


A hybrid cloud can optimize a tiered storage system

Traditional tiered storage models and technologies can be expensive and complex. As a result, many organizations are looking to the hybrid cloud as a cheaper and more effective storage option. Continue Reading


Cloud vs. on-premises backup

While there are advantages to cloud backups, there are cases where a traditional backup would serve your organization better. Continue Reading


Avoid a secondary data center with the hybrid cloud

The hybrid cloud model tends to get used today mostly for cold storage or backup and disaster recovery purposes, but that situation is evolving. Continue Reading


Benefits of using a hybrid cloud for backup and DR

A hybrid cloud environment is the cloud "home run." Continue Reading


Should you look into a hybrid cloud strategy?

The sensible cloud storage strategy is a hybrid approach. Continue Reading


What is the number one use case for hybrid cloud?

An expert says the majority of cloud deployments use a hybrid approach. Continue Reading


Know your limits with cloud backups

While cloud backup is now being pushed for DR, it has its limits. Continue Reading

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Guidance and important information

Learn how to use cloud-based backups for disaster recovery.


How to build a better cloud DR plan

The cloud provides a great opportunity for IT departments to implement a BC/DR plan without the added cost of building a dedicated data center. Continue Reading


How to test a cloud DR plan

There is no substitute for testing a DR product. Continue Reading


Cloud-based DR makes fast recoveries accessible

Cloud-based disaster recovery offers some compelling advantages over legacy DR solutions. Continue Reading


Do cloud DR services make DR testing more difficult?

Whether cloud-based DR makes disaster recovery testing easier or more difficult depends on a number of factors. Continue Reading


The challenges and risks of cloud DR

There are a number of concerns you need to be aware of before opting for DR in the cloud. Continue Reading


Guarantee better application performance with DRaaS

Service-level agreements can sometimes help with running applications in the cloud. Continue Reading


How to determine cloud DR testing costs

Cloud DR testing and its costs vary depending upon the type of provider used. Continue Reading


Three things to look for in DRaaS provider

If your organization is looking for a way to deal with its DR process without the expense of staff and technology resources, it may be time to consider disaster recovery as a service. Continue Reading


Cloud-based DR to become method of choice?

The internet, virtualization and the evolution of public clouds have provided a way for businesses of all sizes to implement a disaster recovery plan without heavily investing in additional data center space. Continue Reading


DRaaS offers lower costs, but not without risk

Cloud-based disaster recovery means more deployment and testing flexibility for enterprises, but also more uncertainty when it comes to recovery. Continue Reading


Disaster recovery: Cloud or DIY?

How do you weigh cloud disaster recovery cost versus in house DR? Continue Reading

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The latest recommendations and strategy

Find out details about cloud-to-cloud backup and whether it's right for you.


The five biggest cloud-to-cloud backup fallacies

Protecting data created in the cloud is a low priority for many organizations, but it shouldn't be. Continue Reading


Cloud-to-cloud vendors expand services

While there are still only a handful of cloud-to-cloud backup providers, those vendors are expanding the cloud services that they protect. Continue Reading


When cloud-to-cloud backup is a must-have

Backup providers must educate clients on cloud-to-cloud services. Continue Reading


Jeweler implements cloud-based backup strategy

Find out how a business uses data born in the cloud to supplement its traditional on-premises storage. Continue Reading


Improve cloud-to-cloud backup security

Brien Posey lists a number of ways to ensure the security of your cloud-to-cloud data backups, including backup software and erasure coding. Continue Reading


How to choose a cloud-to-cloud backup provider

When deciding on a cloud-to-cloud data backup provider, you should take into account cost, application support, compliance and the frequency of backups. Continue Reading


Questions to ask when considering SaaS backup

Software as a service has become an increasingly popular option for IT organizations looking to remove the overhead of delivering a range of standardized IT services. Continue Reading


A list of essential definitions

Learn some of the key terms regarding cloud-based backups and disaster recovery.

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