A common question asked by anyone that is considering cloud computing, is “How is my data stored in the cloud?” Asigra answers this question in its “What you need to know about cloud backup: your guide to cost, security, and flexibility” white paper.
The first fact that Asigra points out is that all data is not equal and will not have the same recovery time objectives. One simple example is newer data versus older data. Most likely, your organization’s most recently created data will need to be available first if there is a system failure. And, with costs increasing with the more data you store, it doesn’t make sense to pay for more frequent backups and a higher service level agreement for all your data, new and old, critical and non-critical.
You need to assess your data with your cloud backup service provider to determine which data is more critical and create a tiered recovery, also known as Backup Lifecycle Management or BLM.
The next post will discuss the monthly subscription fees associated with cloud backup solutions.