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Essential Knowledge About Cloud DR, Data Backing and Recovery

The Cloud 

Although data recovery was once a highly standardized and straightforward discipline, the onset of the digital age introduces many nuances and complexities. Not only are there different operating systems -  including products from Microsoft, Apple and more - but experts also must know how to work with various devices - from common desktops and laptops to specialized tablet computers, mobile phones and next-gen IoT hardware.

It's a lot to absorb and digest, but there is some essential knowledge that is paramount to the field in the 21st century.

Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery

Companies and consumers alike are flocking to the cloud in record numbers. The interest in cloud computing - and in some cases, the complete reliance on the cloud - makes cloud-based data and disaster recovery a necessity in the 21st century. As a result, most service providers offer some integrated disaster recovery and data protection.

In many cases, the cloud isn't the sole data archive. A process known as data replication stores copies locally and in the cloud. This process increases overall data redundancy while ensuring access to backup files whenever they're necessary, but some service providers offer different features than others. While some support full replication of virtual machines, they might not host it - or vice versa. 

Backing up Your Data

Data backup is more important than ever before. Despite IT pros' insistence, more than 95 percent of business-class workstations don't get backed up on a regular basis - even though there are plenty of methods to use.

Many enterprises and users manually back up their data. Remember - you don't necessarily have to archive every file on your hard drive at the end of each day. Companies and enterprises should focus on mission-critical files, while individual users need to worry about archiving their personal information.

In both cases, application and installation files typically don't require a backup - these files are easy to retrieve, either from a disk or the Internet, for a reinstallation if necessary. Some take this mindset a step further by only archiving files they have recently created or modified. Not only does this reduce the amount of time it takes to perform a manual backup, but it also minimizes the hard drive space needed.

Data Recovery DIY

A sudden or unexpected loss of data can wreak havoc on any business or individual. Reproducing these mission-critical or highly sensitive files from scratch might take days, weeks or even months - and some might be lost for good.

Instead of taking the time to enlist professionals, some prefer the do-it-yourself approach. Not only is this useful knowledge, but it's a great way to familiarize yourself with a particular machine or device. But proceed with caution - you could end up doing more harm than anything else. 

While older hardware was generally easier to diagnose and repair, next-gen devices aren't so straightforward. Solid-state hard drives, for example, are far more difficult to work with than their traditional, disk-driven counterparts.

If possible, avoid using software-based tools or utilities. DIY data recovery is primarily a hardware-oriented process. If you don't feel comfortable handling sensitive electronics, don't hesitate to defer to the pros.

Cloud Security News

Although the cloud's potential is undeniable, it does come with some inherent risks. New cloud-based threats appear almost every day. A recent and disturbing trend among public cloud services involves using botnets to distribute malware - including ransomware.

But new developments are being made on both ends. Microsoft recently unveiled confidential cloud computing for those who want to host sensitive or confidential information on the cloud. Not only do breakthroughs like this keep hackers and identity thieves on their toes, but they make the cloud a more attractive option for businesses, enterprises and individuals of all types.

Staying Current on the Latest Advancements

The field of IT has exploded since the turn of the millennium. It's advancing so rapidly, even industry professionals find it hard to keep up with the latest news - but there are plenty of resources to use. Online news portals, instructional videos and the latest social media sites are just some of the channels you can tap into when trying to find more information and stay current on recent IT innovations.

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About the Author

Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter to read all of her latest posts! 
Published Monday, April 09, 2018 8:19 AM by David Marshall
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