We’ve heard a bit of confusion concerning how to back data up to the cloud. In this blog we’ll walk you through the process to show you how simple it really is.
First, you’ll need:
- A set of data
- Cloud storage
- A willingness to take the next step
That’s really all it takes to backup data to the cloud. If you’ve already covered all the prerequisites, then we’ll move onto the first step:
Create a Plan
It’s possible, yet unwise to just start backing data up to the cloud without having a clear plan. We strongly recommend against it.
When you create your plan, you need to discuss various topics, such as:
- How much cloud storage you need
- What data you’ll back up to the cloud
- Who will be able to access the data in your cloud
- Where your data will be stored (with reference to a data center)
Do you see why you need a plan now? If you just randomly back data up, you’ll have to deal with these issues when you’re not ready for them.
Organize Your Data
After you create a plan, you need to organize your data. The reason for this is that you need a way to find information in your cloud easily. If all your files are scattered, then presentations will be mixed with videos and income statement spreadsheets will be mixed with digital brand designs, etc. You can avoid this mess by organizing your data first.
Back Your Data Up
Now comes the fun part. After you’ve created a plan and organized your data, you can back it up to the cloud.
Don’t be worried if you find this to be the easiest step. Assuming you prepared your data properly, backing it up is relatively easy. Just follow the directions provided by your cloud provider.
Set Up a Backup Schedule
Unfortunately, you can’t just stop there. It wouldn’t make sense to back your data up and never do it again — unless you just want to have old data in your cloud.
The good news is that you can set up a backup schedule so you don’t have to do everything all over again. Automatic backups ensure that your data is always up-to-date in case you need to restore it.
To talk more about backing data up to the cloud, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.