Data Back-up Solutions

Do you have a secure data back-up solution in place for your business?

The best answer you could give is yes, you have a well-thought-out disaster recovery plan, and you are executing it. However, unfortunately most business owners understand the importance of backing up company data but aren't backing up properly or regularly. 

Businesses continually generate data and being without your data for even an hour could be expensive and extremely detrimental. Do you have a plan? In the event of a catastrophic occurrence without some sort of backup system it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data. Is the system you're using right for your business?

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Could your business survive a disaster?

Downtime is one of the biggest IT expenses that any business can face!

When an unforeseen event takes place, regardless of industry or size, it will causes your day-to-day operations to come to a halt. Your company will need to recover as quickly as possible to ensure continued services to clients and customers. Having your essential data backed up correctly and in verious forms, along with a plan for recovering from a system failure will get your business up and running quicker.

Business disasters can either be natural, technological, or man-made but without some sort of backup system it may be difficult or impossible to recreate your original data.

So, in saying this, let's take a look at the types of backup;

Firstly, what's the Right strategy for your business?

To work out the Right back-up options for your business there are a few things you need to consider?

What Data?

Firstly you to determine what data must be backed up;
What data is critcal for your organisation to survive, operate, and thrive.

How Often?

What is the maximum period between the time of data loss and the last backup of know good state?

Identify & Implement

You need to select a suitable backup solution based on your organisational needs & features and integrate it into your environment.

Test & Monitor

Lastly you need to verify that both of you backup and restore processes are running smoothly and ensure regular continues operation.

Before making our recommendations

Techcellence as your IT provider, would also ascertain the following information;
How much data you regularly store and accessed across the business?

What are current bandwidth capabilities? 

Are there a number of locations from which you'll need to back-up and transport any back-up systems? 

What is your current back-up costs and overall IT budget?

What is your long-term IT strategy and the potential longevity of various back-up methods?

On-Site or Off-Site

Let's look at the pro's & con's of each system

Onsite storage - this is storing important data on a local storage device, such as hard drives, DVDs, magnetic tapes, or CDs.

 

Advantages of Onsite storage Include;

→ Immediate access to data

→ Less expensive

→ Internet access not needed

However, in the event of a catastrophic event, onsite data storage can be destroyed. For example, if there is a fire in the building, the onsite servers can lose all the data that has been collected on them. In addition, onsite storage units can also be stolen, resulting in a loss of time, money, and data.

Examples of Onsite backup include:

Disk or Portable Drive Back-up

Disk or Portable Drive Back-up

Disk media is the most popular back-up technology these days, particularly for small and medium sized business. But like any system it has advantages and disadvantages;
Network Back-up

Network Back-up

Network back-up is ideal for storing large volumes of data for years even decade. We consider network back-ups a better tools for archiving in business scenarios.

Offsite storage - this requires storing important data on a remote server, usually via the internet, although it can also be done via direct access.

 

Advantages of Offsite storage Include;

→ Access to data from any location, via internet

→ data will be safe in the event of something happening with your business

→ Data backup can be shared with a number of different remote location. 

Just as onsite data backup has some disadvantages, the same holds true for offsite storage. For one thing, since the data is stored offsite or in the cloud, if your Internet connection goes down you won’t be able to access the Data or if don’t have good internet speeds accessing Data can be slow, this can impact with Data recovery.

An examples of Offsite backup is;

Cloud Back-up

Cloud Back-up

Cloud is a popular way of storing in a secure, offsite location and depending on your Cloud Solution the back-up can occur on either desk, tape or other new technologies such as SSD.

Basically there are two main ways to back-up your data, Onsite or Offsite (Cloud). Onsite storage means storing your data on a local storage device, such as hard drives, DVDs, magnetic tapes, or CD. Offsite storage requires storing important data on a remote server, usually via the internet, although it can be done via direct access. 

In Conclusion

When it comes to making a choice between onsite and offsite backup options, it is usually a matter of preference and internet speed. Some people prefer being able to monitor and keep track of their data. Others, however, choose offsite servers to store their data.

In order to have the most secure system with the lowest likelihood of data lost, we recommend that businesses adopt an onsite-offsite solution. By having onsite and offsite backups used in conjunction with each other, a problem in one side of the equation can offset by recovery from the other side.

Are you using the Right Back-up System for Your Business?     contact techcellence