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Your expensive backup software writes to secondary storage. Another backup product writes the backup sets to tape. Tape backups are then delivered offsite.

Or maybe, instead of tape, you have a fancier disk-based system for offsite replication of your backups, but it too is aging and feeling more and more legacy by the day.

Increasingly, such old-school approaches to meeting the 3-2-1 backup rule of data protection are proving to be too costly and cumbersome.

The 3-2-1 backup rule says that you should have at least three copies of your data, on at least two different types of media, with at least one copy offsite.

It is a straightforward concept. However, the logistics in making it happen on an ongoing basis are what cost you precious time and money.

The problem is not the rule itself; it’s merely a data backup strategy used to ensure data isn’t lost. The issue is the dated models used to meet the rule is a costly burden to set up, monitor, and manage.

Meet the cloud-era 3-2-1 backup rule solution

Since its 2020, It’s about time to ditch the ball and chain that is legacy backup architecture. You can experience modern backup simplicity through Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based architectures. For example, with the HubStor Backup-as-a-Service approach, you set up a local cache for your most recent backup set(s), and HubStor does the rest.

HubStor keeps your most recent backup set(s) locally for fast RTO (on whatever storage you determine), and for as long as you decide.

HubStor stores all backup sets in the cloud also. The encrypted backup sets in the cloud reside on disk-based cloud storage where three synchronous copies of the backups exist with self-healing capabilities to prevent data loss from bit rot.

And just like that, you have more than three copies of your data, on two types of media, with one copy offsite. All you have to do is provide some storage for your recent backup(s) and a virtual machine for the agentless HubStor Backup Service software, which connects to a HubStor cloud backend. The rest works automatically.

What about long-term retention (LTR) of backups?

Does your business need to keep backups for long periods? Perhaps for compliance reasons? If so, in HubStor’s model, you keep the most recent backup set(s) locally for a fast RTO. The backups you need to save for long periods are in the cloud.

But remember, you need at least three copies of your data, using at least two types of media, with at least one copy offsite. So how is the 3-2-1 backup rule met for LTR backups in HubStor?

HubStor creates a geographically distanced cloud backup copy of your data. You get to decide the cloud region that hosts your backup (of your backups).

Using HubStor’s tiering policies, you can leverage the low-cost Archive tier of your backups at $0.003 per GB monthly, either in primary or secondary, or both.

Assuming your primary HubStor cloud storage had the backups on the Cool tier for immediate access, and the backup cloud storage account had the backups on the Archive tier, you’d achieve the 3-2-1 rule as follows:

  • Six copies of your data – three synchronous copies in the primary account, and another three synchronous copies in the backup account.
  • Two types of media – you have disk storage in the primary account and tape in the backup account.
  • One copy offsite – the backup account is in a separate cloud region of your choice.

Cloud backup simplifies and streamlines IT operations

Sometimes innovation can seem too good to be true, or too simplistic to be taken seriously. To help put this in perspective, let us recap typical 3-2-1 backup rule strategy with legacy backup architecture:

  • Licensing of backup software,
  • Procuring and configuring backup servers and storage,
  • Purchasing and installing a tape library and tape drives,
  • Licensing more backup software to interface with your tape library,
  • Managing tape backups and rotation of tapes,
  • Having a contract with an offsite physical storage provider,
  • Managing, monitoring, and maintaining all this gear and process.

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With HubStor, you now run agentless backup software on a virtual machine, carve out some on-premises storage for the most recent backup set, and HubStor does the rest. The 3-2-1 backup rule is achieved by HubStor keeping copies of your backups in the cloud where replication and backup are automatic. With HubStor’s model, for your recent backup set, you have one copy local on whatever storage you determine, three synchronous copies in the cloud on disk, which qualify as your other media and offsite copy. And for LTR backups, you can meet the 3-2-1 backup rule in the cloud entirely.

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