Data protection and disaster recovery are now more important than ever before. Enterprise data is growing at a faster rate than ever before, to the point that many traditional backup solutions cannot keep up. That is where the cloud comes in.
With its immense flexibility, near-infinite capacity, and ease of connectivity, cloud storage makes for an attractive option when it comes to backing up your files and infrastructure. If you are not careful, however, it can be a double-edged sword. Make any of these five mistakes with your backup, and you may wish you had stayed out of the cloud completely.
There have been a number of high-profile data breaches in recent years. These should serve as a warning for your business. The cloud is only as secure as you make it. If you do not encrypt your data and control access through two-factor authentication, your backups are at risk.
Security is not something you can ignore, no matter where your backups are stored.
Failure to Test and Monitor
The cloud takes away a great deal of overhead – but that does not mean you can ignore it completely and expect everything to run like clockwork. It is imperative that you monitor your cloud for potential problems, and regularly test it to ensure it is still working as intended. Details you should be aware of include:
- File access logs
- Which files are being backed up, and whether or not they are being backed up properly
- Unusual or suspicious activity – ie. files being duplicated without cause, bandwidth spikes, etc.
Not Planning for Disaster
Having a cloud backup does not mean you don’t need to know what process to follow during a disaster. Automated disaster recovery is well and good, but the presence of it is meaningless if your staff does not know how to activate it. People need to know what processes to follow in a crisis, and who is responsible for doing what – the more confusion there is, the longer your downtime.
Focusing Only On Your Files
You are backing up documents, I am certain. What about taking snapshots of your software infrastructure? Critical applications and operating systems? While it is important to keep your files safe, having a snapshot of your OS that you can roll back to can significantly reduce your downtime.
You should not schedule your file backups several times a day – that is a recipe for wasted bandwidth. At the same time, you should not set it up so it only schedules once a month, either. Daily or weekly scheduled backups are a much better option – however the least resource intensive option is to utilize real-time incremental backups. Set the backups to occur during a period of reduced usage, so you do not have staff changing files around while the backup is occurring.
Keep Your Judgement Unclouded
The cloud is a powerful backup tool, but it can also cause more harm than good if you do not know what you are doing. Luckily, it is not particularly difficult to use. And if you would rather leave the technical details to someone else, you can always use a third-party solution like that which is offered by Liquid Web.
There is a great deal that can go wrong with your data. Your servers can be damaged by faulty equipment, a natural disaster, or general wear and tear. A bad update can wipe out critical files in swathes, as can user error. And all of this does not even account for cybercrime, which is a constant, pressing issue for all businesses.
You therefore have every reason to maintain backups of critical systems and data – and no reason not to. Presumably, you already know this. But did you know that your backups themselves represent yet another attack surface for your organization? Continue reading “Secure Storage: How You Can Keep Your Critical Backups Safe”
Everyone knows that backups are important. Systems can be destroyed by malware, locked off by ransomware, or damaged by inclement weather. And they can fail, as well – no hardware lasts forever.
So you are probably backing up your data. You have an automated system in place to do so, and a disaster recovery plan. And that is all excellent. These are all measures you need to be taking. If your hardware fails or ends up compromised, you need to make sure you are still able to access your data. Here is the question, though – are you doing enough? Continue reading “Why Off-Site Backups Are The Only Way To Go”
As with any hosting environment, it’s important to regularly monitor the performance of your cloud server. No matter how powerful your cloud server is, if it isn’t optimized for performance, then you will be missing out. But what does that entail?
The short answer is “track and measure everything.” Of course, you can’t know if your server’s performance is good or bad if you don’t understand how your server normally performs by tracking and measuring resource usage over time. By determining what “normal” is, you can quickly determine if a spike in resource usage is something to worry about or ignore. In addition, you will also be equipped to investigate the cause of any unexpected outages or performance hiccups. Continue reading “Are You Monitoring Performance On Your Cloud Server?”
Mobile-friendliness is no longer optional. It has been two years since Google announced that it would start penalizing sites that were not optimized for smartphones and tablets. Mobile now represents 65% of digital media time, and all future growth in the digital realm is likely to be on the small screen.
If your website does not already ‘play nice’ with its mobile users, it is long past time you tweak it so that it does. You have three options in that regard: Continue reading “Should You Appify Your Website?”
Liquid Web Survey Reveals Business Challenges as Web and Cloud Reliance Grows
LANSING, Mich.– March 7, 2017 – There is no doubt that the adoption of web and cloud technologies continues to accelerate at a phenomenal rate. A recent survey by Liquid Web, LLC, a $100 million managed hosting provider focused on web-dependent professionals, found nearly 80 percent of designers, developers, digital agencies and SMBs expect their businesses will be more reliant on cloud and web technologies in the next five years. Continue reading “Security and Reliability Fuel Hosting Concerns for Web-Dependent Designers, Developers, Digital Agencies and SMBs”
There were some downright fascinating developments in cloud computing last year. From prominent security scares to major acquisitions, much has happened to change the landscape of the cloud. As we move through the second month of 2017, it is valuable for us to take a look back at what the year brought – if only because it will offer us some indication of what might be coming this year. Continue reading “Four of the Biggest Cloud Computing Developments in 2016”
The New Year is now in full swing, and it seems the perfect time to think about how things might soon change in the web space. 2016 was, after all, a momentous year for the web, both on the development side and the marketing side. Mobile optimization and graphic media rose to the fore of everyone’s mind, social content ousted traditional journalism as a vital news source, mobile apps began to overtake websites in popularity, and voice-controlled assistants thoroughly disrupted search.
Many of these web trends will continue into 2017. However, there are a number of new changes that you should also make yourself aware of. By understanding these developments, you will ensure that you are well-equipped for the year ahead. Continue reading “Three Web Trends That Will Shape 2017”
Ask three professionals which content management system on the web is the best option, and you are likely to get three different answers. Which CMS works for your organization is largely a matter of preference. For some, WordPress or Magento are the superior option, while others prefer Joomla or Drupal.
Today, we are discussing Drupal.
A powerful open source content management platform, Drupal is built with modularity in mind. With easy content authoring, great performance, and excellent security, it is also one of the most flexible on the market, rivalling even some of the market leaders in that regard. This means that when you are considering what you want to do with it, the sky is the limit. Continue reading “Three Great Drupal Tips and Tricks for Beginners”
Netflix. Amazon. Twitter. What do these three major corporations all have in common? At one point or another, all three have suffered a cloud outage – one that not even their extensive cloud networks could prevent. As a matter of fact, in most cases, it was a cloud failure that caused the outage in the first place. Although the cloud is an incredibly powerful tool, it is not an infallible one. Continue reading “The Three Top Causes of a Cloud Outage”