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The Standard for Cloud Backups

The first need for any Cloud host worth their salt is the amount of space they offer their clients to backup their Cloud server

Regardless who you ask, regardless what study or poll you read and regardless of who you talk to, time and time again, the markets’ main concern with Cloud based solutions are shown in the form of security. Now, most Cloud computing security concerns come in a pretty standard worry: consumers are worried:

  • Their data will be hacked and stolen by evil doers
  • Data will be lost due to weather, blackouts, natural disasters etc

While the former is possible – hacking does happen to even the largest, most well protected companies/government divisions, the latter is a misnomer of sorts. For the public, the Cloud is still viewed as a public utility, susceptible to power outages, floods, blizzards etc. To the public, the Cloud resembles local power supplies however this sentiment couldn’t be further from the truth.

Solar VPS Provides Stellar Cloud Backup Solutions

Cloud Security Concerns: Data Centers & Backups
For the consumers worried about Cloud based security and moving your local IT solutions to the Cloud, we recommend you read our blog on Cloud Security Tips. Outside of Cloud security as seen through the lens of data centers, another aspect of Cloud computing security is how your provider handles backing up your data. To learn more about how Solar VPS backs up your critical data, view our Cloud Minute Vlog or simply watch it below:

Now, time to flesh the Cloud Minute out.

Cloud Security: Storage Space
The first need for any Cloud host worth their salt is the amount of space they offer their clients to backup their Cloud server. In terms of Solar VPS, we offer our clients between 20GB – 200GB of storage space. This means, Solar VPS will backup the entire contents of your server in so far as the data amounts to 20GB – 200GB of storage or until the amount of data of your server eclipses the 200GB mark. Pretty straight forward, pretty simple to understand.

Cloud Security: Full Followed By Incremental
With storage limits established, the next thing you, as the consumer, need to know about/ask your provider is the process of backing up servers. By this we mean, is your Cloud server backed up fully? Is your server backed up in snapshots? Is your Cloud server backed up incrementally on top of a full backup? You need the answer to these questions. To answer those questions, here at Solar VPS we take a full backup of your Cloud server. Following this backup, anytime you add data to your server, we incrementally backup your server data layered on top of your original full Cloud server backup. This ensures all your Cloud data is backed up and stored securely.

Cloud Security: Offsite Backups
The first step is potential storage space. The second step is full followed by incremental backups. The third step is offsite data center storage. The truth of the matter is it’s great to have a provider backup your Cloud server however it is also vitally important for your provider to store your Cloud server backup in another server located in a geographically diverse data center. Solar VPS does this to a tee. All Solar VPS Cloud server backups are stored in an offsite server. We do this to make sure your critical data is safe.

Cloud Security: Length of Backups
The last major element of Cloud VPS backups come in the form of how long your provider keeps each backup. In the case of Solar VPS, we keep every backup instance for a period of three days. On the fourth day, we delete the oldest backup and replace it with the newest. This way, if you need to restore your server, you will always have a fresh backup to restore from.

There you have it, the elements of a solid Cloud hosting backup solution.

To learn more about Solar VPS Cloud hosting solutions, click here.

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