How to master backing up NAS to the Cloud. It’s easy.

by Aug 15, 2016Business Continuity

There are benefits to backing up NAS to the Cloud, but it isn’t for everyone.

Backing up data from a network attached storage (NAS) system poses special challenges. It holds a lot of data, and the backup has to have enough capacity for it.

You may be able to back up to a very large disk drive. If not, tape can handle even the largest storage systems. The drawback is that the backup is local. If a disaster strikes the office, will the backup survive? If malware hits, will attached disk drives be safe?

There’s safety in distance. Backing up NAS to the cloud means there’s a copy far away. The same fire won’t wreck the original and the backup. Ransomware can’t easily hit the backup. Cloud backup can be a convenient and economical approach to data safety.

Issues and solutions

Is it for everyone? Cloudwards discusses the pros and cons of cloud backup of NAS. You certainly need to think about some issues. If you have a large volume of daily updates, do you have the bandwidth to back them all up? Is the security strong enough to meet your needs? Will it satisfy your legal obligations?

The smarter kinds of backup software help the bandwidth issue by backing up just the parts of large files that have changed. Configuring the backup to ignore unimportant or temporary files can help. If you still need a faster Internet connection to keep your backup from falling behind, the safety will justify the cost. Keep in mind that the initial backup puts the heaviest load on your bandwidth; after that it will get much lighter.

Security is a tricky matter. Spies never disclose everything, so it’s hard to tell what’s really safe. Still, approaches exist which should satisfy almost everyone. Datto’s NAS is a hybrid approach with cloud synchronization, and its SIRIS technology encrypts backup data locally, so no one but you can decipher it.

Offsite backup is vital

The important thing is to have an offsite backup. Businesses depend on their data to stay alive. If it’s worth investing in a NAS system, it’s worth protecting the investment with offsite backup. Backing up the NAS to the cloud is often the most effective way to accomplish this.

Invenio IT offers the services that will keep your data safe. Please contact us for more information.

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Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.

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