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Choosing the Optimal Data Backup Method
Data’s significance in our lives and businesses cannot be overstated. If you’re reading this, you probably recognize the pivotal role that data plays in our daily lives. Simply having copies of your data on multiple devices, whether at home or in the office, is not sufficient. Centralized backup might seem like a costly endeavor at first glance. Shelling out large sums for storage, only to realize you need another copy in a different location, can feel like a financial drain. Essentially, you’re investing heavily in a robust insurance policy for your data. Yet, if all your devices are backing up to a single location, it’s akin to playing with fire. Not only are you vulnerable to calamities like fires or floods, but in the event of theft, you’re practically handing over all your valuable information.
Rather than focusing solely on the cost of storage, shift your perspective. Ask yourself: What’s the cost of losing this data? Whether it’s treasured personal memories or crucial business information, the potential loss can be devastating both emotionally and financially. Therefore, the right backup strategy should be more about preventing loss than weighing the expense.
A widely accepted strategy is the 3-2-1 backup principle:
- Primary Data: This is where data originates, such as PCs, Macs, smartphones, and other devices.
- On-site Backup: This is the internal backup, often termed ‘bare-metal backup,’ where multiple devices back up their data.
- Off-site Backup: A separate copy of the on-site backup, which could be on a different network, another NAS, a cloud provider, or even a USB drive.
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