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Every business understands the importance of backing up essential company data, however losing your files can be a lot more common than you may think. Friday the 31st of March marks World Backup Day, a day designed to remind others about the importance of regular backups. Here are our three recommended steps to ensuring your data is totally backed up and secure. All have their advantages and disadvantages – which is why we believe that it’s imperative you’re implementing all three stages when choosing data recovery systems that really do the job.
Step one: On site backup
On site backup refers to the method of storing data on a local storage device. This could be CDs, hard drives or USB’s. Using onsite backup devices offer several benefits like allowing quick access to stored data, allowing access to data without the internet and being less expensive than other backup solutions. However files stored in just one physical location are vulnerable, which is why onsite backup is healthy, but certainly not the one and only solution to protecting your data.
Step two: Remote backup
Remote backup is a method involving the use of an offsite location as a means of securing in the event of a disaster. Like the cloud, remote backup is typically stored on multiple servers at different locations. If one stops working, your data can be retrieved from another location without any hassle. No one can truly predict a disaster, whether it be natural or technological; it is however fairly easy to prepare yourself for any unforeseen obstacles down the road, which is why we believe remote backup is so important.
Step three: Disaster recovery
In the event of a disaster it’s not just data that needs restoring, but the full working environment; in other words, disaster recovery. Disaster recovery has many benefits such as minimal downtime, minimal impact on day to day operations, reduced loss of service and revenue and of course peace of mind your systems are fully protected. The only downside to disaster recovery is it can be quite costly but ask yourself; how much downtime could you afford before your business was really hit hard. Is it worth it? As we mentioned in our previous blog ‘Could this little box save your business?’ we’ve been working with a US company who have now set up shop in the UK to provide Business Continuity at a price that makes it not only affordable to SMEs, but makes it a complete no-brainer.
At Systemagic we do backups because we know that although they may only prove to be valuable on the rare occasion a disaster may occur, if they’re not there the damage to your business can be catestrophic in the information age. Regardless of the size of your business, every company needs a backup system. You can’t always predict what’s going to happen, however you can ensure you’ve put plans in place so in the event of disaster you know your business is secure. Backup and disaster recovery are usually the last thing on the mind of a business owner when things are busy and times are good, but devoting a few hours to a strategic planning session might just save the business if something awful happens.
If you’d like any help and advice regarding the best backup solution for your business then please get in touch!