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On Prem to Cloud

Backups are crucial to your organization. It is more than an insurance policy; it is a way to ensure your business can continue operating after any type of 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, a planned or unplanned disaster are all — Critical moments that interrupt data processing. They can be temporary or permanent. The impact can be immediate and long lasting. If you lose the ability to process data, then you can lose valuable business cycles, revenue and/or business-critical information that may lead to a major impact to you and your customers - and in some cases it can mean going out of business.


What can you do to avoid this? Hardware solutions have some safeguards such as redundancy and high availability, but it is possible they can still fail. Worse yet, the environment is no longer viable, and you may need to continue doing business elsewhere. You need to plan a backup and recovery strategy.

Data deletion or corruption is real. You need to have a method to recover. The backup is key to your business continuity (BC) strategy. When considering a backup strategy, the 3-2-1 rule is a valuable industry standard.  Consider your backup solution to have air-gapped backups. This is when the  backups are kept on a separate network. Also immutable backups- backups that are write once read many (WORM). And enhanced protection for backups would use different credentials for backup management accounts. ​


When you backup your data and have it on another media disk or tape you have satisfied the first two rules.


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.




Cloud is a different location and if offers flexible long-term cost-effective data storage. Most backup software offers the ability to do backup replication into the cloud. The 3-2-1 rule:  Have an offsite copy of your backup.


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



Flexible DR Solution


Cost-Effective long-term solution


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

Backup as a Service 

Your Backup is copied into the cloud. Leveraging replication technology to optimize traffic data transmitted size and what data is transmitted. An optimized copy of your data is copied into to the cloud of your choice and can be accessed when needed.

Disaster Recovery as a Service 

Once your backup is in the cloud, consider the next stage of BaaS. What you can do with your backup data once it is in the cloud is the difference. Yes, you can access your data down to the individual file, but DRaaS allows you to turn your backups into working Virtual Machines – if you have backed up VMs. You can effectively have an active virtual machine on demand in another location when a disaster prevents your organization from operating from your primary site.  

Nth is here for you. 

Having a backup is a good idea, but having a effective backup plan strategy is more important. Nth as over 30 years IT industry experience with thousands of clients. We can team up with you to advise and help implement a cost-effective Backup and Recovery Strategy that leverages the 3-2-1 rule to improve the RPO/RTO and business continuity capability for your organization.
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? Contact Nth to let us help you.  

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