Business Data Backup Solutions
Undoubtedly, we live in a data driven economy. Without immediate and constant data availability, companies grind to a halt. Most small business owners know they should backup their data, but for many it stays on the to-do list until it’s too late, which is a hard and costly lesson to learn because downtime equals lost business — 29 percent of small businesses lost revenue and 52 percent lost productivity due to a typical outage; for small businesses, this is a risk you can’t afford to take.
If you’ve ever lost a laptop, or been left stranded by malware or some other problem, then you already know the detrimental effect it can have on your business. For many, it can mean disaster. So what are your options for backing up business data so you can access and restore files on the fly in the event of a data loss incident?
Finding the Best Backup Approach
The backup market is huge, so before you start looking into your options, develop a backup approach that meets your needs. Ask yourself the following questions:
Do you need to back up your entire operating system or just essential data (employee records, financial records, documents and databases)? The answer will help determine how much data you need to back up. For example, an operating system can take up a lot of space, but if you have a copy of it, on an installation disk, for example, you may not need to back it up.
What are your vulnerabilities or primary concerns? According to the Carbonite survey, most businesses still use external hard drives and USB sticks to store data. Backing up data to one location only can be risky, so assess whether your business needs an extra layer of protection. Consider backing up your most critical data to both an online backup service and a local device which could also house your less critical assets.
How often do you need to perform a backup? What window of vulnerability can you tolerate? For businesses, a daily or weekly backup is a good idea – especially if you are fairly active in creating or updating files and documents.
Contact us and learn about advanced, enterprise level backup solutions that can be customized to address your business’s needs.