DO YOU HAVE A BACK-UP 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?
SO, WHAT'S THE RIGHT STRATEGY FOR YOU?
In order to work out the right backup options for your business there are a few things to consider;
1. How much data that is regularly stored and accessed across the business.
2. What the current bandwidth capabilities are
3. The number of locations from which you'll need to back-up and transport any back-up systems
4. Your current back-up costs and overall IT budget
5. You current hardware set-up and any necessary upgrades
6. Your long-term IT strategy and the potential longevity of various back-up methods.
LET'S LOOK AT THE PRO'S & CON'S OF EACH SYSTEM
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 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.
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.
ONSITE STORAGE ADVANTAGES
1. Immediate access of data
2. Less expensive
3. 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, data and security/privacy issues.
OFFSITE (Cloud) STORAGE ADVANTAGES
1. Access to data from any location, via internet
2. Data will be preserved in the event of something happening within the business (such as a fire)
3. backup data can be shared with a number of different remote locations
Just as onsite data backup has some advantages, the goes for offsite storage. for one thing, since the data is stored offsite or in the cloud, if the internet connection goes down you won'be able to access the data, or if you don't have good internet speeds, accessing data can be slow.
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..
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