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Article · Jan 27, 2016

Why hybrid backup is a great fit for small businesses

Why hybrid backup is a great fit for small businesses

For many small businesses, the prospect of launching a backup and recovery strategy can seem overwhelming at first. What devices should you choose to back up? Should you back up to the cloud or locally? What’s the difference between a NAS and an external hard drive?

The good news is that there’s a method of backup that provides the ultimate in security and peace of mind with the least number of questions: It’s called hybrid backup.

Hybrid backup is a backup and disaster recovery strategy that backs up your data locally to any device you select – such as a computer hard drive or a server located in your office – and it also backs up your data in the cloud. Hybrid backup is considered a “best practice” because it provides you with three copies of your data that are located in two different locations. That includes the original copy, the local backup and the off-premises cloud backup.  By backing up to the cloud as well as locally, you ensure your data will be accessible should your office fall victim to a flood, fire or some other disaster.

For small businesses, a hybrid cloud and local backup and recovery strategy makes the most sense because it provides the greatest level of protection at a price point small businesses can afford. You get the speed of recovery of a local backup along with the extra layer of protection that the cloud provides. It’s a safe, reliable and secure backup strategy that ensures your data is available when you need it.



Ryan Harnedy

IT Community Manager

Ryan Harnedy is the IT Community Manager for Carbonite. He blogs about technology, IT trends, and best practices for SMB IT pros.

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