Cloud to cloud backups, and cloud data transfer

March 1, 2020,
Cloud 2 Cloud backups explained

The future of Cloud to Cloud backup and data transfer

Cloud-to-Cloud backup or cloud transfer is, as you have guessed the process of copying data from one cloud to another. i.e. Microsoft Azure to Backblaze B2.

Why would you want to do this? Our cloud backup software can backup an entire Office 365 environment (hosted Exchange email, OneDrive and SharePoint). A lot of our resellers backup their O365 environment because Microsoft don’t back them up. This can leave organisations wide open if data is deleted or a device falls victim to a ransomware attack. When this happens, all data in O365 is encrypted and can’t be accessed ever again. Without a backup in place, the affected data is never coming back.

There is also a potential risk that an entire Microsoft region can fail and in turn cause the live and backed-up data to be lost.

This is why our cloud to cloud backup feature allows all O365 data to be backed up to any other supported storage destination. We currently support around a thousand cloud backup storage destination worldwide, and the most obvious object storage platforms being, Amazon AWS, Wasabi, Google cloud, Backblaze B2. Our software can also backup directly to file sharing platforms like OneDrive, Dropbox, GDrive, etc.

If cloud storage isn’t for you, our software can also backup any device right back to a server or NAS in your office or data centre.

More and more businesses choose to move their entire IT infrastructure into the cloud which means they no longer have their critical data on their own premises.

Whether or not this is voluntary or forced by a vendor makes no difference, there is a steady and natural progression of data to the cloud.

Cloud storage has in the past been a subject business owners needed advising on, but virtually all business owners, and hopefully all IT Admins know the pros and cons of cloud storage today.

Cloud to cloud backup will back up your data from the cloud to another cloud. The most popular cloud service in use in Office 365 from Microsoft. Small biz and enterprises alike use O365 for their email, SharePoint sites, and OneDrive file storage and sharing. Cloud to Cloud can easily backup that data to any non-Microsoft cloud such as AWS, Wasabi, Google, Backblaze B2 and many more.

Cloud storage

If my data is stored in the cloud, why do I need to back it up again?

For a start, nearly 60% of decision-makers and IT Directors said they had experienced data loss from a cloud service or SaaS. Data loss can mean accidental deletion, employee mischief, external cybercriminals or data corruption. Your cloud service provider might provide some history for a restore, but the options and history periods vary tremendously between service providers and within the types of service; i.e. Business, Personal etc.

How do Cloud to Cloud backups help?

An online backup is a very formal and robust service which stores your data online in a secure location and retains it for however long you require it. With today’s legal, tax and insurance compliance laws, it is best practice to retain all backed-up data for at least 10 years. With litigation becoming a quick way to earn money nowadays, most organisations keep every email sent and received by everyone in their employment.

Online backup is very different to cloud backup which allows you to sync and share data with your colleagues and friends. These systems are easy to use, but simply don’t protect you from data loss as well as an online backup which no one can tamper with.

An online backup will also have the in-built facility to simultaneously store your data on hundreds of different clouds globally. No matter what happens to your data, or the backed-up copy, there will be another backup distributed elsewhere.

Achieve archive policies

Regardless of whatever security and data policies your organisation adopts, the online backup can be easily adapted to suit your needs and not the other way around. All too often organisations have their backup strategy and archive policies dictated by how much tape or storage space they have, backup time window available for backup(s) to run, and available internet bandwidth to upload large data sets.

With Cloud to Cloud backups, the data isn’t backed-up from your premises. It is as the name suggests backed-up from one cloud to another. You decide where you want the backup to be initiated from and simply let our backup software do the rest. The backup reports will come to you via email and on our real-time dashboard.

Cloud to Cloud backup and archive

Cloud to Cloud backup and archive

Are Cloud to Cloud backups a true archive?

Ask 10 techies and you will get 20 different answers!

A true archive (let’s look at email) will store every block of data as it is generated. This can be an inbound or outbound email, new file or any database change. An online backup will normally run only once per day, so an inbound email which is deleted and purged won’t be backed-up because it won’t exist come the time of the daily backup.

The truth is that only an archival system will watch for new data (howsoever it lands on your network) and store it elsewhere so that you can produce it later should you require it. Archival systems will have built-in auditing features which will help you find data transaction from days, months and years ago.

A great middle option is continuous protection or CP and our backup software comes with it built-in for free. Whenever a file is modified on a protected device within certain parameters, the backup will automatically run and backup the new modification

Cloud to Cloud costs

The traditional method for storing backups was on a server drive provided by a server, NAS or SAN. We used this very same process for more than 15 years as did everyone else. Some online backup providers still adopt this method because they have invested heavily in hardware which is now legacy. You can spot these a mile off because they will be charging a lot of money for their storage and will also be selling fixed slabs or quotas such as 1TB for £100.

With cloud storage, you should be paying per GB. i.e. you store 1GB, you pay for 1GB; you store 100TB, you pay for 100TB.

Every top-tier cloud provider (Microsoft Azure, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Wasabi) sells their storage in this way and they all use object storage. Wasabi round up their storage pricing to the nearest TB, but that is small change to an online backup provider.

It is possible to buy good old-fashioned disks (using Hyper V) from Microsoft Azure should you need to run software which requires a fixed drive. Admittedly we have a few clusters running in this model because they have been migrated from our data centre to Microsoft Azure from a version of Ahsay which required a fixed drive letter. We still charge storage on these on a per GB model and our resellers have the same experience.

Cloud-to-Cloud backup roll-up

This tech doc will already be understood by our core audience and should assure you that C2C is used by the biggest organisations, governments, and is the perfect choice for us too.

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