Cloud backups can be painfully long drawn—especially if the volume of data to be seeded to the initial cloud backup is large, scattered and repeatedly duplicated.  Here are a few tips and tricks for speeding up the process of seeding your backup.

Get your service provider to seed your first backup from a tape drive or a removable disk drive. Just copy your data on to a disk drive or tape and ship it out to your cloud vendor for transferring the data to the remote server. You will be freed from worries of available bandwidth, speed of Internet connectivity and all the related factors.

However, it may be a good idea to prioritize the information you copy on the disk or tape you ship out, so that you do not end up consuming cloud backup storage space unnecessarily for data you are never going to use! Prioritization may involve identifying the types of data you want to backup to the cloud application or inputting definitive time stamp data into the settings interface of your cloud application. This will ensure that only current data is backed up into expensive cloud storage while older data can be transferred to tapes or disks for archival and storage at the enterprise premises.

While performing incremental backups, optimal use of bandwidth throttling is recommended.  Failure to use bandwidth throttling options provided by cloud backup vendors can slow down transaction processing resulting in possible loss of business. Bandwidth throttling controls the amount of bandwidth that is used by the backup client during the active business hours and increases bandwidth consumption to the maximum possible levels during idle hours.  Bandwidth throttling provides an excellent balance between backup performance and other activities current on the system. Of course, it will be a good idea to check with your ISP on any client bandwidth usage restrictions before you tweak the settings for your cloud backup.

Closely aligned to the above percept of backing up only relevant data is the need to eliminate duplicate data. The cloud application you select must de-duplicate information before the data is transferred to the cloud storage. This is especially important if data is being sourced from multiple systems and locations and employees have proliferated data on individual systems for ease of access and use. De-duplication will reduce time to backup and time to restore information and speed up information delivery.