How often do you back up your data? Do you have a regular schedule or multiple copies of backups? Sadly, this is still an area where many businesses fall short.
Instead of focusing on backups, businesses might do a full backup now and then and feel helpless when the worst happens and the latest backup is months old. With multiple options for backing up data, there's no reason not to always have current backups.
Why Backups Matter
Data breaches, natural disasters, hardware failure and simply human error are all unpredictable and powerful enough to ruin your business if you're not prepared. Even a small data breach could cost you tens of thousands and the longer your downtime after data loss, the less likely your business is to recover. With current backups, downtime is minimized and you're able to recover from the unexpected with little to no data loss at all.
1. External Hard Drive or NAS
External hard drives and network attached storage devices work in a similar manner. Data is backed up to the device on a regular schedule. Using backup software (which may or may not come with the device), you're able to back up your data. However, it's important to remember that at least one backup should be stored off-site in the case of a natural disaster.
2. USB Drives
USB drives are basically tiny external hard drives. These are ideal for quick backups, especially if you're making changes to important files. However, they are easy to damage, but easy for someone to take home each day. They're a more affordable alternative to external hard drives and easier to use, especially ones that come with backup software. Currently, the most spacious option is the 2 TB Kingston DataTraveler Ultimate GT.
3. Cloud Services
On-site backups are ideal for quickly recovering after a data loss issue. However, they can easily be damaged during a natural disaster. This is why cloud backup services are the perfect compliment to an on-site backup solution. You buy the amount of storage you need, set up backup software and back up your files to the cloud. There are a variety of options to choose from, including Microsoft's own Azure.
4. Professional IT Services
Managing backups isn't always easy. Many businesses opt to have a professional IT service set up and manage all backups. When the worst happens, the service also handles the recovery process to make life easier and minimize downtime, such as DevSoft's Disaster Recovery Planning.
5. Multi-Site Servers (Private Cloud)
An alternative cloud backups to back up your data is to have your own servers at various sites (good for multi-site locations). This allows you to essentially create your own private cloud system.
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