Tag Archives: Backup best practices

How to Back Up iCloud Drive on macOS

If you’re an avid user of macOS or iOS, it’s safe to bet that some of your workflows revolve around iCloud. Whether it’s some Xcode project or a Keynote presentation, it’s likely that some, if not most, of your data resides in iCloud. The significance of this data could not be overstated and thus it makes sense to consider some sort of backup for it to ensure that you’re not caught off guard if something disastrous happens at Apple’s data centers.

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Disaster Recovery Planning and Testing: Best Practices

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Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to disaster recovery planning best practices, disaster recovery testing process and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning. Continue reading

Backup vs. Disaster Recovery

Backup vs Disaster Recovery

If you tell someone that your computer crashed, the first question you usually hear in response is “Did you back up your files?”

That’s the right question to ask if you’re talking only about personal data or a single computer. When your PC crashes, having a data backup available is usually all you need to restore your normal routine.

But if it comes to a company, backing up data is not enough. When a company’s infrastructure is damaged or data is lost, a full disaster recovery operation needs to take place to restore operations without causing critical disruptions to the company. Disaster recovery requires much more than simply backing up files.

To understand why, you need to appreciate the difference between backup and disaster recovery, which this article explains.

It might seem that we are talking obvious things here, however, in the article you will find a couple of numbers about backup and disaster recovery.

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Is RAID a Backup?

Redundant array of independent disks or as it is better known — RAID — is a data storage virtualization technology that conflates multiple physical storage devices into a single logical unit. This setup enhances the integrity and reads & write speeds of the data by employing various data redundancy mechanisms, thereby giving you more certainty as to whether your data is intact at any given moment. Many people naturally wonder if RAID may altogether supersede the good old data backup; however, in this article, we will describe how RAID and backup actually complete each other rather than compete with each other.

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What Files to Backup?

Perhaps one of the most important things in dealing with data — for both organizations and individuals — is to design sensible backup strategies to ensure that all critical data is securely stored and accessible in the event of a disaster. On the one hand, certain corporate files are absolutely crucial for the continuation of business, but on the other hand backing up applications, movies, music, and certain system files is unnecessary, as that information is easily recoverable from official sources, not to mention the spiraling out of control cloud storage fees. In this article, we set out to clarify exactly what types of data should be subject to backup, and what files should either be omitted or delegated to the image-based backup. Continue reading

Best Practices: Real-Time Backup

CloudBerry Backup enables you to perform real-time cloud backup for your utmost important documents that must remain intact regardless of emerging circumstances. In this article we wanted to clarify the use-cases for the feature as well as scenarios in which it's advisable to avoid using it.
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Best Practices: Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

Cloud storage prices are going down, so they attract a growing number of small and medium businesses. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. IT professionals have to develop strategies which balance RTO & RPO expectations with the bandwidth capacity. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices from CloudBerry Lab:

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