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Understanding How Automated Backup Systems Work

Backing up your network isn’t an option; it’s a must because it contains your greatest assets: your and your clients’ data. From one computer to your entire network, imagine how long it would take to duplicate each component manually to a secondary storage device. You wouldn’t get any work done. Now, consider what your company does to generate redundant copies of your data. If it doesn’t involve an automated backup system, this blog is for you.

Let’s look at how automated backups work by considering both local and cloud-based systems.

Maintaining Data Locally

Local backups are as simple as they sound. They are generated and also maintained within on-premise storage devices. Examples of on-premise backup devices include a USB drive, a network attached storage (NAS) device or a dedicated server; however, there’s nothing automatic about it unless you’ve configured it to work that way.

Here’s where it gets a little tricky, there’s technically no such thing as automatic backup hardware, it’s all in the software.

Windows and Apple have software within their operating systems that allow users to generate periodic backups to external hard drives. Learn more about Windows Backup and Restore or Apple Time Machine.

For individual computers, this is a fantastic way to create redundant files. However, if your business contains more than one employee, you have the makings of a network and must look at the entire picture. A NAS device is one solution that fills the gap.

NAS devices are typically one to four hard drives in a small device that connects to your network and captures images (copies of your system drives and virtual machines) of your entire infrastructure as often as you desire. They range in price and capability, but nearly all have computing capabilities and are programmable once the software is applied.

Since NAS devices are more than just simple hard drive storage, what’s keeping you from having them generate additional backups by sending them to the cloud as well? Nothing.

Leveraging Cloud-based Storage

Cloud is just a fancy word for a data center, which is a commercial-grade storage facility. We won’t get too technical here, but as mentioned earlier your local backup devices can be configured to send files to the cloud automatically.

If you conduct work in the cloud through programs like Microsoft Office or sharing files through Google Drive, you’re already halfway there. This is known as partial data backups, as you’re saving select files to the web. However, partial data backups don’t protect an entire network.

Depending on your company’s needs, you can leverage local, 100% cloud-based, or hybrid cloud systems to capture your entire infrastructure.

AdRem: Your Automated Backup Partner

The ways your company can use automated backup technology is too large to condense into one blog. There isn’t one solution that can solve all your problems, and automated backups are just one piece of the puzzle.

As an experienced managed services provider, AdRem Systems can help you look beyond convenient backup methods to see the larger picture: your business’s continuity. Give us a call when you’re ready to ensure your company never experiences data loss.