NAS storage is becoming more and more popular for small to medium-sized businesses that need fault-tolerant, scalable storage solutions at a budget-friendly price point. Whether you’re using an entry-level NAS for a small business or you’re looking for robust Enterprise NAS storage, there are many ways to backup your NAS.
Here are some best strategies for backing up your NAS storage.
Use cloud connect backup.
Instant NAS backup is possible with the best NAS systems supporting Cloud Connect. Cloud Connect creates a secure, automated and reliable link between your NAS and S3 type backup solutions. StoneFly NAS storage has patented StoneFusion OS that seamlessly integrates with Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and other S3 cloud backup services.
With Cloud Connect backing up over the internet is easy and cost-effective. You’ll have access to your data at all times, and you don’t have to worry about losing any data. It’s an ideal way to protect your valuable data at a fraction of the price of onsite backup solutions.
Use dedicated backup and disaster recovery solutions
NAS devices are an excellent choice for centralized data storage. However, the more devices you have, the more you’re likely to lose in the event of data loss. Having a dedicated backup solution that can function independently of your NAS device allows you to protect your entire network, including NAS devices, from data loss.
The best DR solutions are easy to set up and use, and they require minimal hardware investment.
Use block-level replication
Block-level replication works best with NAS devices with in-built support for block-level replication. StoneFly’s appliances are one of the best in this regard as they support sync/async replication by default on their enterprise NAS devices.
You can also combine replication with cloud backup. Many NAS devices have built-in cloud backup features. This allows you to back up to the cloud and replicate data to another storage, keeping your local backup drive as small as possible.
Use the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy.
The 3-2-1 backup strategy is one of the simplest and most effective backup methods, and it’s perfect for small businesses that rely on network attached storage.
If you have been using the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy, then you have no reason to worry. You have one backup stored at a remote location offsite from your central location and two onsite backups on different media for an extra layer of protection.
A network-attached storage (NAS) device is the storage workhorse for any small business. It can provide fast, reliable access to files while freeing up your primary computer from the chore of constantly backing up data.
But NAS storage devices, however, can fail. That’s why it’s essential to back up your NAS regularly.
Fortunately, users have plenty of backup options. This article has some healthy backup strategies to consider if you plan to install a NAS infrastructure for your business.