There’s a joke about there being two kinds of people: Those who back up their data and those who haven’t lost everything yet. It’s painfully true.
Below we dive into the 3 major data backup types:
- Full backup: exactly what the name implies, a full copy of your entire data.
Advantage: best protection
Disadvantage: time-consuming and often require a lot of disk capacity
- Incremental backup: for example: create a full backup on Sunday and use incremental backups for the rest of the week. Monday’s backup would only contain the data that has changed since Sunday, Tuesday’s backup the data that has changed since Monday, and so on.Advantage: backup process takes less time and disk capacity
Disadvantage: time-consuming to restore and if 1 part is missing or damaged, you will not be able to restore
- Differential backup: for example: start with a full backup on Sunday and perform an incremental backup with all the data that has changed since the last full backup. Wednesday’s backup would contain all data that has changed since Sunday.Advantage: shorter time to restore
Disadvantage: consumes more disk capacity.
Which backup type is best for you?
There is a different ideal data protection plan (includes backup and restore) for every organization and industry, so the priorities and requirements with backups will vary.
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