Backup Computer Definition
The definition of a computer backup is the copying of files and data from one machine onto a second medium, such as a hard drive. For businesses, computer backups are especially important, as businesses are at a high risk of losing confidential data as the result of security breaches, disasters and network failures.
Understanding Computer Backups
There are several types of computer backups that MSPs and IT professionals can utilize to protect files and data. Below, we delve further into the different types of computer backups and their definitions.
- Full backups. A full backup is a complete copy of a data set and provides the best protection. However, most businesses only use full backups periodically, as they are time consuming and require ample storage space.
- Incremental backups. Incremental backups only back up data that has changed since the previous backup, making them less time consuming than full backups.
- Differential backups. Like incremental backups, deferential backups only back up data that has changed. Unlike incremental backups (that include data since the previous backup), differential backups include the data that has changed since the last full backup.
Computer Backups vs. Archiving
Even seasoned MSPs have questions when it comes to archiving and backups — how is each defined, what makes them different, and which will be more valuable to customers?
Since we covered the definition of a computer backup earlier, let's skip ahead to archiving. Archives are a collection of computer files that are packaged together and saved some place other than the computer to create more disk storage.
According to ComputerWorld, "A backup is designed as a short-term insurance policy to facilitate disaster recovery, while an archive is designed to provide ongoing rapid access to decades of business information. Archived records can be placed outside the traditional backup cycle for a long period of time, while backup operations protect active data that's changing on a frequent basis."
Better Managed Backups
As a managed service provider, you bear many responsibilities. In addition to facilitating regular computer backups, you are often responsible for fully monitoring customer networks, archiving data, tracking IT assets and user activity and managing cloud servers.
According to TechTarget, "As more of their customers' IT infrastructure components migrate to the cloud, MSPs have had to find ways to manage hybrid cloud environments. MSPs also seek to provide their own cloud services or resell other cloud provider capabilities, with cloud-based backup and disaster recovery a common entry point."
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