Remember the days of Full/Differential/Incremental?
With everyone moving data storage to the cloud, there is little left on any given user's computer. That said, are folks still doing backups? Is that industry basically dead and gone save for those who still have on-prem servers? Do any of you back up user workstations?
I do not think I have ever been in a team doing workstation backups. General policy has always been that anything that should be stored, should be stored on "servers" - In the beginning of time this was network drives which transitioned into synchronized folders such as Onedrive for business in our on-prem Sharepoint environment and then again to cloud synchronized folders such as OneDrive, Google Drive, Box, Dropbox, etc.
There is most likely still a need out there for those who are not able to use cloud services, whether this is because of policy or security.
For servers or cloud services I think the topic is still relevant and actually often forgotten or misunderstood. I think there is a ton of companies that have important, perhaps even critical systems that are not following the 3-2-1 rule. And this rule is just as valid for any data in the cloud that one would not want to lose.
And that does not even discuss the restore process 🙂
As a customer of a cloud service, do I want to put trust in the provider to perform backup and restore in a proper manner, or do I want to make sure I have stored the backup somewhere I own and can get to if the provider for whatever reason is no longer able to access their backup. There are cases of ransomware, bankruptcy, confiscation where customers have lost all data. As a customer you can blame the provider, but it does not change the fact that your data is no longer there.
@TRK I think there was a really public instance of this happening in the last few years, too, where a cloud provider lost a lot of data and couldn't recover it. I remember reading about it, but not the exact details. It was...painful to say the least.
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There are still many companies (think graphics and video) where storing in the cloud is just too much - too much data, too much bandwidth, too much. So those servers or NASes or SANs do have to be backed up. When I was doing consulting I would still encourage my clients to have a Time Machine drive attached locally (I was 98% Mac) because it made restoring SOOOO much easier. I was just curious how other folks are dealing with the service.