In an IT context, a backup is a copy of one or more data files created in case the original data is lost or becomes unusable.

According to the Microsoft Developer Network glossary, a backup is “a duplicate of a program, a disk, or data, made either for archiving purposes or for safeguarding files.”

Nearly all individuals and businesses regularly backup their data. Large businesses usually back up their networks every few minutes, if not more frequently.

Local Backup –Local backup is making a physical copy of data and storing it locally. Local backup is typically stored on high-capacity tape decks, thumb drives, zip drives or other external hard drive devices. The major liability of local backup is that it is stored locally with the network servers, so it is also likely to be destroyed in the event of a flood, fire, earthquake or other disaster.

Remote Backup — Remote backup means storing copies of data at a remote location. With remote backup, you just make regular data backups and send them to a remote location via the Internet. Most businesses and a growing number individuals today take and advantage of inexpensive cloud storage for remote backup.

Idera’s SQL Safe Backup offers an easier and faster alternative to native backup solutions. Furthermore, SQL Safe’s cutting-edge IntelliCompress2™ technology continually samples system resources and automatically adjusts compres­sion to ensure top performance based on the current system status.

If your database goes down for any reason, Idera’s patented Instant Restore technology is designed to bring your database back online almost immediately, practically eliminating application downtime.  Idera Instant Restore provides you with a fully functional database, supporting all read and write operations including queries. Instant Restore works by fetching data from the cloud backup file as required to support applications and user requests, but continues to work in the background to complete the restore operation.