What is Hybrid Backup?
Better than cloud. Typical cloud backup solutions, also known as online backup, focus on copying data files to a physically remote location, which is great for disaster recovery. Hybrid backup integrates cloud backup and local backup to deliver system recovery, rapid file restores, and disaster recovery.
Hybrid backup is the combination of both cloud backup and local backup, where local backup is typically a USB drive or network shared drive or NAS device. The ideal hybrid backup solution integrates these forms of backup in an automatic, user-friendly utility running transparently in the background. While local backups are typically sufficient for protecting the data and other information on a computer system, the cloud backup adds a level of assurance that offsite backup data is safe from disaster.
The most common form of cloud data storage consists of a collection of hard disk drives housed in a building known as a data center and maintained by a company devoted to ensuring the security and reliability of the data center. Inside the data center may be an elaborate system of computer servers, networking equipment, and hard disk drive storage. Similar to cloud computing, where computer resources are dynamically allocated and billed to different subscribers, cloud data storage may be allocated to individual subscribers for purposes that include cloud backup and restore.
Cloud backup is the process of securely copying data from a primary source, such as a computer system hard drive to the destination data storage. Data are typically encrypted during the copy process and may also be stored in an encrypted manner in the cloud data storage.
In its simplest form, local backups are copies of information from a source such as a computer system hard drive to a destination such as a USB hard disk drive. Recent advances have made Fortune 500 class features like Full System Backup and Restore affordable for consumer-level products.
Hybrid Cloud Backup solutions, like Rebit Pro, combine both local and cloud storage targets to offer a better protection scheme than either traditional or cloud backup alone.
Local backups offer reliability, enable a more frequent data capture, and in some cases, facilitate a full system recovery. USB hard drives are low cost and easy to use for backup at home. And, most office environments have a file server or a Network Attached Storage (NAS) device that can be used as a local backup target.
Adding the cloud copy for disaster recovery prevents any type of natural or site disaster or theft from destroying your data files. Plus, it provides a redundant copy of data, out of harm’s reach, dramatically improving the likelihood of data recovery.
Up until a few years ago, this degree of data protection was only available to the Fortune 500. Now, the increasing adoption of cloud storage has dropped remote disaster recovery storage pricing to a level where it can serve the professional and small business markets.