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What are the different types of backup servers

Choosing your form of backup storage for your business is an important decision and the team at Netlogyx are experts in this field and can also help with all your Gold Coast IT Solutions. Our working life is becoming busier every year and the amount of data that we use and need access to is increasing as well. We have grown from kilobyte to gigabyte to terabyte to petabyte and so on up to a yottabyte which can hold more than 45 trillion 25GB Blu Ray discs. It can be daunting to consider where to store all your data, below we will explore what are the different types of backup servers?

  1. Why back up servers?

Think of a backup server as a data safety net for your business to save all your important files. If for some reason your system should crash, then you will have a ready-made replacement of all your data. You can hold your servers on site or back up to remotely to servers off site, the ability to schedule regular backups ensures that your data will always be the most recent available. There can be many reasons that data failure can occur.

  • Hardware or Software failure
  • Data corruption
  • Human error
  • Malicious attack – virus or malware

Knowing that you will have access to your backup data when required will take the panic away from any of the above situations. Speak to the team at Netlogyx for any advice on backup servers and all your Gold Coast IT Solutions.

  1. Full

This is most complete and basic form of backup. With a full back up you take a copy of all data on your system to your backup server. Whilst this is the most comprehensive backup and will result in a shorter time to restore your data, the downside is that it takes longer to perform, and you will require more storage. Full backups usually take place once a day but can be done more regularly is required.

  1. Incremental

As the name suggests when doing an incremental backup, you will only copy the data that has changed since the last backup. By using time stamps the system can compare the new data and copy that to your backup file. The incremental backup can be run as often as your business sees fit as there is less data being backed up the speeds are far greater. Less storage is required for this style of back up as well. 

  1. Differential

This is a very similar form of backup to the Incremental backup. For the first backup it will save any changes made from the previous backup. After that it will copy data changed from the previous full back up. Whilst this will hold more stored data than an incremental backup it will be less than a full backup. It is also a slower process than an incremental and will require more space for data.

There are many ways in which you can utilize the backup options with many businesses using the following.

  • Full Backup daily
  • Full Backup weekly and Incremental daily
  • Full Backup weekly and differential daily

The backup strategy you decide will depend on protection, performance, data retention and cost. For all the options and to discuss what will work best for your business speak to the team at Netlogyx for all your Gold Coast IT solutions.

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