What Is a Hybrid Data Backup Solution and Why Should You Use It?


In the current economy, many businesses across the globe are seeking alternatives to costly data backup methods. A popular solution to costly backup methods is cloud backup, which works well as a strategy for business continuity planning and disaster recovery. Data backup and storage in the cloud means that the cloud service provider takes responsibility for costly backup hardware and redundancy methods. The company seeking cloud storage pays a monthly subscription fee, which is based on the amount of backup and storage which is required.

How Hybrid Data Backup Works

Hybrid cloud backup provides a combination of cloud data backup and storage with local backup. The cloud storage is integrated with the local backup to ensure critical data is protected in the event of a disaster. A hybrid data backup solution automatically backs up critical data to a remote server in the cloud, while a local backup is typically performed using a drive on the local network which is shared or a network attached storage (NAS) device. In the event that the local backup fails, the cloud storage and backup assures that data can be recovered in the event of loss.

  • Cloud Backup in Datacenter: The cloud backup portion of hybrid services involves storing critical business information in a data center which is provided by the cloud provider. The cloud service provider is responsible for the maintenance of networking equipment and backup servers. Most quality cloud backup providers also offer underground vault storage which would otherwise be very costly for most companies. The data is copied from a primary source to the cloud service and accessed via a web interface from virtually any location.
  • Full or Partial System Backup (Local): Local backup methods have modernized with the inception of new technology. Many of the local backup methods have the features that in the past only larger companies could access. Now they have been placed within the reach of budgets for small businesses and allow these entities to improve methods for disaster recovery. Local backup systems now allow for full or partial backup. Full system backups allow you to recover your entire operating system along with files and data or parts of your system and files that you designate.

The convenience of cloud backup and storage has significantly reduced the cost of disaster recovery storage where it has become a reality for smaller businesses and other professional markets. To learn more about a hybrid cloud backup solution that is right for your business, contact AbleIT today to learn more about how we can cost effectively support your technology needs.

James Morrissey