Disaster Recovery Backups – Does Your Business Have One
Starting a new business can cause the new business owners all sorts of worries a particular one of course is the threat of data loss caused by a server failure , or indeed loss of critical data caused by a virus attack despite onerous precautions being taken.
For new business owners working hard to build and develop their business, the thought of backup are probably not high on the priority list but any backup solution is better than none. Something as simple as copying critical data to a external hard drive or memory stick once a day or even once a week.
Sure, even memory sticks fail but at least USB memory recovery is a viable option as a simple form of data backup
Even if you do not have the time or budget to put in place a decent data backup regime simply copying essential data to an external hard drive is surely better than a lack of any sort of policy, of course the crucial element in an back up procedure is just that , it is a procedure and should be adhered to……regulary!
One of the commonest mistakes in data backup is of course not to test your back up data to ensure that it is retrievable. This may sound strange but it is very necessary as many business have found out at huge cost that although a backup was being made it had not been successful.
As well as the potential cost of attempted data recovery when a backup has been found to fail , there is also the intangible (until it happens) cost of lost business due to system down time, and in extreme cases total business failure if legislation required business records to be kept for any length of time, which can be years.
Generally speaking most small businesses will not think about backup solutions until it is too late and they have lost their data.
There are other backup options available. Internet based or off-site backup is one popular option however data recovery from this method can be time consuming as you would have to download all your data.
Another option which is relatively new is an automatic real time backup using the internet. This consists of a program running in the background backing up data as you are working. This means you do not have to remember to backup up at regular intervals as it does it all for you once it is set up.
Online data backup is becoming a very favourable option for savvy IT professionals and local computer repair companies.
Of course a huge benefit is that if you need to access your data when you are away from your office, even if your laptop has been stolen or you simply didn’t bring it with you, you could access your data anywhere else in the world depending on your configuration.
The most important take away from all this is of course if you don’t have a data backup solution in your business get one before it is too late, and once you have one test it to ensure it functions correctly.
And of course an effective backup policy is far less costly than the costs of disaster recovery and data recovery .
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