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On Prem to Cloud

Backups are crucial to your organization. More than an insurance policy, backups are a way to ensure continuity of business operations after a disruptive incident, such as a natural disaster or cybersecurity breach (planned or unplanned). 

What to consider? What is a “data loss event”? What is a disaster? What is planned or unplanned? 

On Prem to Cloud


What is it?

A data loss event, planned or unplanned disasters, are all critical moments that interrupt data processing. They may be temporary or permanent. The impact may be immediate and/or long lasting. If an organization loses the ability to process data, it also risks losing valuable business cycles, revenue, and/or business critical information. This may result in a significant impact to both the business and its customers -- in some cases, shutting down the entire organization altogether.


What can you do to avoid this?  Hardware solutions have safeguards, such as redundancy and high availability. However, it is possible the safeguards may still fail, and worse yet, the environment loses viability, ultimately requiring business to be performed elsewhere. Planning a backup and recovery strategy is paramount.

Data deletion or corruption is real. Organizations must have a recovery method in place. Backup is key to a healthy business continuity (BC) strategy. When considering a backup strategy, the 3-2-1 rule is a valuable industry standard. Consider a backup solution that offers air-gapped backups. This is when backups are kept on a separate network. Also consider immutable backups -- backups that are write once read many (WORM). Enhanced protection for backups would utilize different credentials for backup management accounts. ​


When data is backed up and it resides on another media disk or tape, the first two rules are satisfied. But how do you satisfy the last rule? 


But how do you satisfy the last rule? 

Backup Rule

Create at least three copies of your data.
Store the copies on two different storage media.
Store one copy on an offsite storage.




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Consider having a backup copy in the cloud. Why?


Because it is a completely different location, backing up in the cloud satisfies the last of the 3-2-1 rule, which is to have an offsite copy of your backup.  

Backing up to the cloud offers flexible, long-term, and cost-effective data storage. In addition, most backup software enables replication into the cloud.  

There are two effective cloud backup strategies. Understand which is best for your organization: BaaS and DRaaS. 

Backup as a Service 

Backup is copied into the cloud and replication technology is leveraged to optimize traffic data, transmit size, and identify what data is transmitted. An optimized copy of data is stored in the cloud of your choice and can be accessed whenever needed. 

Disaster Recovery as a Service 

Once the backup is in the cloud, consider the next stage of BaaS. What can be done with the backup data once in the cloud? Yes, data may be accessed down to the individual file. However, DRaaS enables transitioning backups into working Virtual Machines (VM) – if backed up VMs exist. In the event a disaster prevents operation via the primary site, an active virtual machine is available for use, on demand and at an offsite location. 



Flexible DR Solution


Cost effective long-term solution


Satisfies the 3-2-1 rule! – multiple copies of your data across different sites. 

We are here to help.

Having a backup is a good idea. However, having an effective backup plan strategy is even more crucial. 

Nth Generation offers teams of tenured experts who can provide expertise and tenured certifications needed to assist with any backup needs. Together, we can implement a cost-effective backup and recovery strategy that leverages the 3-2-1 rule to improve the RPO/RTO and business continuity capability. 

We can also help you determine: 


Do you have a strategy? When is the last time you have tested it?

Is your strategy cost effective? Does it meet your business needs?

Is the RTO/RPO good enough for your business? Can you do better?

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