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On Prem to Cloud

What is


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 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?

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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 you lose the ability to process data, you also risk losing valuable business cycles, revenue, and/or critical business information. This may result in a significant impact to you and your customers -- in some cases, shutting down an entire organization altogether.

What can be done to avoid this? Hardware solutions have safeguards such as redundancy and high availability. However, it is possible they may still fail. Worse yet, the environment is no longer viable, and you may need to continue doing business 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?



Consider having a backup copy in the cloud. Why?
Cloud is a different location. It offers flexible long-term, cost-effective data storage.


Most backup software offers the ability to run replication into the cloud. The “3” in 3-2-1 rule: have an off-site copy of your backup.
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. Leveraging replication technology to optimize traffic data, transmitted size, and what data is transmitted. Optimized data is copied into to the cloud of your choice and can be accessed when 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? Data may be accessed down to the individual file. However, DRaaS enables transitioning backups into working Virtual Machines (VM) – if you have backed up VMs.


You can effectively have an active virtual machine on demand in another location if/and when a disaster prevents your organization from operating via your primary site. 


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Flexible DR solution

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 that provide you
the expertise and certifications needed to assist with your application 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 for your organization.

Partner with Nth to 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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