Frequently Asked QuestionsData Protection and IT Terminology
Below is a list of IT Terminology – words, jargon and terms used on this site, along with an explanation.
AES-256 is an encryption standard used to secure data. It stands for Advanced Encryption Standard with a 256-bit key length. It is a very strong encryption method that makes it virtually impossible for unauthorised users to access sensitive data.
Backup as a Service
Cloud first is a strategy where businesses prioritise the use of cloud-based services over traditional on-premises solutions. This is often done to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase flexibility.
A data centre is a facility used to house computing systems and equipment such as servers, storage systems, and network infrastructure. Data centres are used to store and manage large amounts of data.See our Data Centres FAQ
Direct-to-cloud backup is a method where backup data is sent directly to the cloud without being stored locally first. This is a safe, secure and cost-effective solution that eliminates the need for businesses to purchase and manage their own backup infrastructure.
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Fully Managed Service
A private cloud refers to a type of cloud computing where a company or organisation creates and operates its own cloud infrastructure exclusively for its own use. It is different from a public cloud where cloud services are provided by third-party vendors to multiple clients. With a private cloud, the organisation can have greater control over their data and infrastructure, which can be beneficial in terms of security, compliance, and customisation. Private clouds can be hosted on-premises or off-premises and can be managed by the organisation itself or by a third-party service provider.See our Data Centres FAQ
Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s data and demands payment in exchange for the decryption key. Data backup and protection is important in case of ransomware attacks, as having a recent backup can help restore the data without paying the ransom.
See our Ransomware Protection FAQ
Secure refers to the protection of data from unauthorised access, modification, or destruction. Data backup and protection is important to ensure data is kept secure and protected from threats.
Self-manage refers to the ability to manage computer systems and networks without external assistance or support. This can involve using software tools to manage backup and security systems.
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Virtual Disaster Recovery
Virtual Disaster Recovery is a disaster recovery strategy that utilises virtualisation technology to create virtual copies of servers and data, which can be quickly recovered in case of a disaster, without the need for physical hardware.