Backup your existing servers, workstations or data to the cloud and end the nightmare of potentially losing data.
How Does Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup Work?
Traditional tape backups are expensive and require someone to monitor and manage tapes on a daily basis. While this might be acceptable for a larger enterprise, small businesses just don’t have the resources to spend on this older method of keeping data secure. When someone forgets to change tapes, data isn’t backed up.
Cloud backup is a relatively new method of securely backing up your server data. Backups happen automatically, so little management is needed beyond the initial configuration. Some of the solutions have the option to email you when problems arise.
What is backed up?
The types of data that can be backed up vary greatly from provider to provider. The majority of cloud backup providers only backup files. While this is fine if you only store MS-Office documents, this might no be a good fit if your business uses any types of databases. Most providers also do not have the ability to backup Windows Servers, but instead can only backup data residing on Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 8 client PCs.
Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup is an enterprise-class cloud backup solution. We have the ability to not only backup your files whether they are on a server or a workstation, but we also can backup Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, MySQL, and even Hyper-V.
Where is your backup data stored?
Most commonly the cloud storage is only used for the most recent backup set. This protects you in case of fire or flood. Your last full backup is safe and secure outside of your business. Keeping 7 years of backup data in the cloud is possible, but not commonly done since long-term storage tends to be more expensive. Instead, long-term backup data is commonly kept on a local cache device such as an external hard drive. If using external hard drives for a local cached copy of your data, it is recommended to replace the drive every 2 years or sooner. Otherwise you run the risk of burning out your drive and losing years of backups. All old hard drives should also be vaulted in case data is needed for restore at a future date.
With Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup, local cache hard drives are swapped out annually and archived prior drives for as many years as needed.
How is it stored?
Backed up data is stored in world class datacenters with state of the art security. This being said, data backed up to the cloud should always be protected by utilizing secure encryption. Most cloud backup providers offer the ability to encrypt your data before it is transmitted to the storage pool in the cloud. It is generally recommended to use the most secure encryption method available for your backup. Encrypting data is actually a legal requirement in many states including Massachusetts if storing customer information. If a copy of your backup data is also stored locally on a computer or external hard drive, then this data should be encrypted as well. It is very easy for someone to walk out of your office carrying an external hard drive with your data, so make sure you are protected if this does happen.
How is it transferred to the cloud storage?
While your data should always be encrypted before it is transmitted over the internet, most providers do not secure the communication between your computer and the cloud storage. This is a major flaw in security since someone could be sniffing or tapping the line and retrieving a copy of all your data. If the data is transmitted over a secured SSL connection, then anyone listening would only see what looks like random data. Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup provides an end to end encryption platform which creates a secure connection to the datacenter before any data is transmitted. This way you know you data is safe from snooping and is in the destination you intended.
How safe is my backed up data?
In short the answer is VERY SECURE! Data is secured in 3 different ways: Secured at rest, during transmission, and by using a world-class datacenter with the latest and greatest security. Your data is so secure, that even we can’t access it without your secure key.
- Secured at Rest
Data backed up using Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup is very secure. If your cloud backups are encrypted before being stored/transmitted, then they will be secure whether they are sitting out in the cloud or in a local cache on an external hard drive. Different cloud backup providers offer varying levels of encryption. At Bay State Integrated Technology our cloud backup solution uses some of the most proven and secure encryption methods available. Backup data is encrypted as it is being backed up. This way if someone were to steal a hard drive containing a local copy of your data they would not be able to access the data.
- Secured During Transmission
Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup provides an end to end encryption platform which creates a secure connection to the datacenter before any data is transmitted. This way you know you data is safe from snooping and is in the destination you intended.
- Secure in a World Class Datacenter
Bay State Integrated Technology’s Hosted Cloud Backup is stored in a world calss datacenter with state of the art security. Cloud computing has been given a bad name in the past, but today security is in the forefront of all cloud computing datacenters. Enterprise class firewalls and networking equipment keep your data segregated and performing well while being as secure as possible.