In the present digital age, your important data loss can prove you very costly; whether it may be related to your small or medium sized business or a large enterprise. Often, crucial data loss can result in significant financial impacts like poor productivity, legal actions, cost of data recovery and in the worst case the loss of entire business.
There are a variety of backup methods on offer, the simplest of all is creating your local backup. It involves simply creating a copy of the files and database from website in to your local hard disk drive.
Now, let us discuss a few of the most common backup myths prevailing in the mindset of people.
“I do not need backup, my webhost manages the backup for me”. It is surely great, and your hosting company will be your first helping hand to restore your content. Do you think this is enough? No, according to a popular analysis, apart from your first onsite backup copy, you should also maintain a second backup copy which should be offsite.
It is advisable that you have at least three “different date” backup copies at any point of time – stored offsite and onsite. The best solution is to keep one onsite backup and one offsite backup; Offsite backup can be maintained in your local system or with third party backup vendors.
As local backup is the easiest way to restore; I suggest to have local backups to an external drive or in any other PC. It does add a redundancy layer to your prevailing system. People who are security conscious lock their external drives with tools like Bitlocker in order to avoid unauthorized access.
Regardless of the type of data, we have always recommended to maintain local backup copies. On reading this article, many of my friends will be prone to think, “I am paying my webmaster hell of a lot of money. He is supposed to be taking care of it”. But what needs to be considered here is that when your sensitive data is being posed a question, you ought to take that extra care. Relying solely on a Webmaster or a Techsavvy friend might turn into a disaster sometime.
Suppose, in case, your Webmaster has not purchased any paid backup service at WebHost and he also fails to maintain your data up to date, then your precious data will be against great security risk.
We have also encountered some worst cases, wherein Webmasters literally sign up with their personal email addresses at Webhosts. Even more, in some cases, personal grievances between a Webmaster and website owners increased on a great extent. As a consequence, Webmaster disappeared with all the sensitive data. As website owners did not have access to admin accounts, they rushed to webhost for their all important data. Being a trusted webhost, we feel really sorry when we have no alternative but to deny all their requests.
Some techgigs would still think, “My webhost is a famous Cloud provider loaded with redundancy, there is no chance of data lost”. Then well, better understand that in any case, having just one backup is surely not enough. We still suggest to have at least on LOCAL, one EXTERNAL and at least one ONLINE backup in cloud is necessary to ensure a decent protection against the threat of data loss. Just three copies of backup!!! You may think we are Backup obsessed, but its always better to have data redundancy.
Lately, we witnessed a very rare occurrence. One of our Cloud server got corrupted along with CDP backup system. We had to work for few nights in order to recover the backup set and luckily we could recover most of the websites.
The point to be noted here is that only Cloud backup will not be enough in such rare circumstances. Other than Cloud, you need to have local copies of your data to prevent yourself from data loss.
Backup services at AccuWebHosting
At AccuWebHosting, we provide Free as well as Paid backup services. We undertake daily backup services for all our Linux and Windows shared hosting clients. Although, at any given point of time, we maintain only 10 days of data on our servers.
Disregarding the plan or duration of service, AccuWebHosting.com offers a free complementary backup to all our VPS clients. This is a complementary backup service in which we let our customers have the opportunity to get unlimited restore of their data completely FREE (contingent upon availability). This complementary backup service lets you restore whole VPS image from previous state rather than particular files/folders.
Other than our complementary backup services, we also provide a paid CDP backup service. In this Paid Backup contract, your VPS is backed up daily on progressive basis. This service lets you unlimited amount of restores at any time during the service period (contingent on availability of the backup). The rate of this plan is USD $5/month per 10GB of data (CDP 2 Backup). For this, you need to purchase minimum 20GB block.
Nowadays, data has emerged as the true asset for any data driven business. Loosing your data will cause severe damage to your company. We need to understand that finally we are dealing with the machines and they often tend to malfunction. In such a situation, relying on your webhost, Cloud provider, your Techsavvy friend or your trusted Webmaster is like a gamble which may turn into a mishap. Thus, keeping a two layer offline backup is a least proactive step that every website owner should follow.
Rahul is CEO at AccuWebHosting.com
. He shares his web hosting insights at AccuWebHosting blog. He mostly writes on the latest web hosting trends, WordPress, storage technologies, Windows and Linux hosting platforms.
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