Save Your Stuff: 9 Different Types of Data Backups That Can Save Your Business

Save Your Stuff: 9 Different Types of Data Backups That Can Save Your Business

When you’re running a business, you need to make sure all bases are covered, and that includes your data. Losing your data could mean losing your business. This means having a backup source is integral to your data -- and your peace of mind.  

Here are nine different types of data backups that your business needs.

1. Full Data

As its name implies, a full data backup is going to back up every single file and folder within your system. This type of backup will require more space and it takes more time, but you can rest easy knowing that your files are safe.

2. Incremental

An incremental backup is a backup of all changes made since the last time the system was backed up. The result is a faster backup process that complements the initial full backup and takes up less storage space.  The process of restoring data takes longer but the backup process is faster.

3. Differential

This is similar to an incremental backup because it backs up changes made since the last backup. The difference is that it takes up more storage space than in incremental backup but it has a faster restore time.

4. Mixed

This is a combination of different backup types. It combines a full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup.  In this process, first, a full backup is performed, followed by scheduled incremental or differential backups.

5. Mirror

A mirror backup essentially mirrors the data that is being backed up. It may sound similar to a full backup, but there’s a major difference. If the original file is deleted, it will be deleted in the mirror backup as well. These types of backup require caution in changing original files, otherwise, you could still lose your data.

6. Full Computer 

A full computer backup backs up every single thing on your computer. Not just data files, but entire images of your hard drives will be saved. This often requires software to be installed on your computer and updated as needed. A full computer backup allows you to restore your computer to its originally backed up state if needed.

7. Local

A local backup means that the storage source is close by the original source, for example, an internal or external hard drive. These types of backups protect against hard drive failures and virus attacks. Having a local backup provides a fast and easy way to restore your data.

8. Offsite

An offsite backup is (surprise!) kept at a location away from your data source. While the backup may originally be done locally, it’s then transferred to another location. The benefit of an offsite backup is that your data is protected against natural disasters. For example, if your original files are demolished in a flood or fire, you still have the original data in a safe location.

9. Cloud

The cloud is a backup that’s stored over the Internet.  Your backups can be accessed from any computer, anywhere in the world. Since all your data is stored safely in the cloud there’s no worry about protection from theft or natural disasters. Your data is safe. Backups will also be fast and you can connect from anywhere with an Internet connection.

The Benefits of Different Types of Data Backups

With these different types of data backups, there’s something for everyone. Different backup systems provide different benefits for your business.

Think about your location. Are you in a flood zone? If so, an offsite or cloud backup is going to be your best bet.  

Whatever backup method you choose, you’ll know your data is safe and secure.

Contact us today to learn which data backup and recovery is best for your business.