June 3rd, 2013Why Should A Business Back Up Their Work?
Our economy is data driven. Large and even most mid-size companies devote a great deal of time and effort into securing that data. They rely heavily on it for many functions of the corporation. If you are a small business owner, you probably already realize how important data is to your operation. However, sometimes backing up that data takes a back seat to the day-to-day operations that simply must get done. Small companies often do not have personnel devoted solely devoted to maintaining data integrity. They often buy a system and assume that things will go as planned and really don’t plan effectively for a disaster.
But what would happen if that data was lost? Would operations cease? Would rebuilding the data be done based on what could be remembered? All off the scenarios are too daunting to ponder. But, if a backup is not maintained, a company could be forced to do just that.
Securing The Data
When it just does not make sense to hire IT personnel, there are options. One of the best options is to turn over the securing of data to an outside source. A cloud storage solution might be just the answer and many are free, up to a certain capacity. You can setup a cloud based storage system to perform automated backups at regular intervals. This is a good option, but there is more that can be done if you are willing to spend a little money you may consider hiring a hosting center to host or store your files.
There are advantages to having a secure and private data storage hosting service over simply storing data in the cloud. Data on a simple, cloud storage site is replicated during backup; this means new versions simply replace old versions so there is no historical data. If your company does not need to retain historical data then a free cloud storage solution is the way to go. But if you need to be able to go back in time a compare data as it changes over time then you are going to need a more sophisticated backup solution.
A Disaster Recovery Plan
Whatever system works for your business, the fact remains, that you need to enact a disaster recovery plan. If you have one that keeps backups onsite, like a stash of hard drives, tapes or CD’s, consider the fact that a natural disaster could wipe out your entire operation, including those precious data files. Backups need to be stored offsite in another location some distance away from your operations, in the event of a natural disaster.