In Part I, we defined continuous cloud backup, and discussed its effects on bandwidth. In Part II, we will further discuss the benefits of continuous cloud backups.
Frequently Modified Files
Regardless of the myriad advantages brought about by continuous data protection, most enterprises do not implement this function for all their files, with a hybrid arrangement of both continuous and scheduled backups usually resulting in the most efficient overall backup scenario. Oftentimes companies will choose to implement continuous backup only on files that are frequently modified and thus more potentially subject to being saved incorrectly or even corrupted during the saving process.
It should be mentioned that, as far as the taxing of system resources and disk write operation are concerned, continuous data backup works better for smaller files than it does larger ones, so usually the administrator of the cloud backup account will designate a cut-off point for file sizes to be backed up continuously, avoiding potential bottlenecks that could take place if multiple employees happen to all begin modifying relatively large files at the same time.
In addition to helping to protect companies from data loss, continuous online data backup can also protect you from file corruption as well. In the event of data corruption, due to either disk write errors or even computer viruses, continuous data protection can allow you to easily retrieve previously saved, clean versions that may not still be saved on the company’s computers or databases. Of course, some data loss might still occur for any file information that was generated after the corruption took place. However, having said that, the implementation of a “journaling file system” (a method of saving data that can be configured in some operating systems, wherein changed data is stored on a “journal file” before being committed to the main file system) can bring about a scenario in which companies can even restore file information that was created after a file became corrupted!
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Needless to say, Backup Technology Limited (BTL) knows a little bit about continuous cloud backup. In fact, so much so that its Continuous Backup technology, powered by Asigra, is one of the key components of its suite of cloud backup services for small to mid-sized to enterprise businesses, is a very important feature that only select few cloud backup service providers can offer! Using this technology, BTL constantly monitors your system for files or folders that have been modified and then continuously copies just the part of the data that has been changed, compresses that data and then encrypts it so that it can be sent quickly and safely back to its servers in order to be instantly ready for retrieval if ever the need arises!
BTL’s state of the art client software automatically senses how many employees are accessing the system at a given time and throttles bandwidth appropriately when usage levels are at their highest, so your company’s system performance will never be compromised in any way due to the continuous backup process.
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