If only we could go back in time?
Corrupt file or wish you could revert-back changes your colleague made?
Most backup services are satisfactory… they’ll have a single, up-to-date copy of your files and folders from the last working day. So, in theory, should you endure a data loss, you’ll be able to reclaim the most recent copy of your data to get back on your feet.
If you’ve only lost a secluded file here & there, having a backup service with Granular Recovery might come in use; however, recovering back to a file at an accurate point in history would be even more useful, and here’s where most backup services don’t have your back.
Sounds a bit mad at first thought, but, what if last night’s copy is ‘too recent’? We’ve all been there… a file gets worked, re-worked and re-worked all over again… but you want to return to version 2 and it’s now on version 6. Restoring last night’s version might get you back to version 5, but that’s not far back enough.
So, what can you do?
Rollback recovery for specific points in time
Competing with a backup service that comprises a feature called, Incremental Backup, covers this exact need. Define a custom schedule of points in time where you want to snap your file backup – as frequent or infrequent as you need.
If you set incremental recovery points for each day at 5pm; at any point in time in the future you’ll be able to restore all, some or one of your files from that specific date.
Sound like a lot of data? It is.
To enable recovery from an array of points in history, you’ll need your backup service to store a replicate copy of all (or some) of your files & folders – for every recovery point.
Signifying the downside to the flexibility of incremental recovery is the pure volume of backup storage space required to keep all those multiple copies of your files.
How can that space be handled?
To get the most from your backup storage space, incremental restoration points can be merged.
For example, you can opt to retain a weekly restoration point on each Friday within a month – as your space depletes, those points will be cleared keeping only the last Friday within that month.
To keep a recovery point from the last Friday of each month going back in time, you’ll still need a fair capacity of storage. But when storage runs low, you can clear down those recovery points at any time.
All a balance of the practicability & saving in time and money being able to recover incrementally vs. the cost of the backup storage space.
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