These days, most of your business likely exists in a purely digital format. The software, applications, and data that make up the bulk of your daily tasks and interactions with clients are created and stored on computers and servers. This offers a level of organization and ease of access that lets your staff work efficiently, and keeps your business performing at the level needed to stay profitable and competitive.
This also means your business relies heavily on technology to function. If something goes wrong, it has the potential to be catastrophic. Especially if the something that goes wrong is the sudden loss of all of your important data. In a matter of seconds, you could lose everything. A natural disaster, malware attack, or even simple human error can take away everything you’ve worked for.
Statistically, it’s impossible to fully protect your business from data loss. It’s a headache every business will have to deal with at least once, and will be completely out of your control. But how your business bounces back is entirely in your hands. A smart and thorough Data Backup and Recovery policy can be the difference between a minor inconvenience, and closing your doors forever.
Routine Data Backup is key. A daily backup to a local server or drive is the ideal approach to protecting your data. For local backups, we recommend using two separate drives; one that stays at the office, and one that is taken offsite by a trusted employee at the end of the day.
This is important for two reasons. First, the onsite backup can be used to immediately restore access to lost data if a computer breaks or crashes, and the only other copy of that data was on that specific hard drive. Second, the offsite backup can be used to restore your business’ operations in the event of a fire or other disaster that damages the technology in your building, or the building itself.
It’s for that second reason we also recommend using another form of offsite backup as a redundancy. Cloud-based storage solutions are perfect for this. The cloud can be used to store not only your business’ important data, but the applications that are vital to your day-to-day operations, and can be accessed remotely to restore your data quickly. The remote access feature is especially handy if you need to run your business from a temporary secondary location.
Data loss is inevitable, and not all backup methods are created equal. Taking the right steps before disaster strikes can make all the difference, and reliability and security are a must.
Is it time for you to rethink your business’ Data Backup and Recovery policy? Want to learn more about the Data Backup and Recovery solutions we offer? Contact us today at [email protected] or (403) 215-7506. We’re the trusted IT experts for businesses in Calgary.