Backups today are anything but simple. There are so many choices around the right way to do backups. There’s disk vs. image, local vs. cloud, physical vs. virtual, standby images vs. continuous recovery… and so many other factors that need to be considered.
There was a simpler time, not so long ago, when backups were thought of as strictly a local process; performing backups to tape (and more recently, disk) on-premises. And then if anything related to disaster recovery, archiving, or long term retention was desired, the effort needed was little more than placing those backup copies into a box and shipping them off somewhere to be stored.
The Cloud completely changed that model, shifting parts of backups – such as storage – up to the cloud because they can exist in the cloud.
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