Cloud Backup and Recovery Services connect to the remote cloud backup server using an agent-based or browser based application interface, which has to be downloaded and installed on the local machine or accessed over the Internet using a web browser. The application facilitates the creation of backup sets from the files and folders available on the computing device, mapped drives, servers, or peers on the network. The identified and named backup set can then be configured to backup information to the remote server in the cloud backup system continuously or as per schedule. The selection of the type of backup required is made by clicking on the relevant radio button or checking boxes, and saving the configuration.

Anyone who has been in business will know that all data generated by your business is not critical. Some information is mission-critical while others can be classified as important or historical. No one can afford to lose mission-critical information. Loss of the information can result in closure of the business.

Mission-critical information requires continuous backup and the backup set identifying the mission-critical information must be configured to backup continuously to the cloud backup repository. Once seeded, mission-critical information can be incrementally and continuously uploaded over the Internet using the available bandwidth.  If specific files and folders require special updates, a full synthetic backup of the specific file and folder can be done using the cloud backup “Full Synthetic Backup” option and thereafter all continuous incremental backup can be set to reference the synthetically updated file or folder.  A local copy of the mission-critical information can also be continuously generated and fed into a local backup server even as the data is streamed over the Internet to the remote cloud backup server.

Historical information can be backed up locally and stored on a local server or tapes. The cloud backup software must be configured for “local only” backup for the historical data backup set and support all kinds of devices on the network, including tape backup.  Backup windows can be defined so that the historical data is backed up to the local archives when business activities are minimal. Since this type of backup uses the LAN, Internet bandwidth is not consumed at the cost of continuous cloud backup.

Data that does not fit into either category, but considered important, must be selected into a separate backup set and configured for scheduled backup. Enterprises may like to backup this type of data to the cloud backup repository or maintain a local copy of the information. Backup windows may be defined for this type of backup to prevent this backup from hogging bandwidth that is required for mission critical backup that streams continuously to the cloud backup server. Bandwidth throttling options are often used with this type of backup.

So, it is important to understand your data and select the appropriate type of cloud backup for your enterprise.