CyNexLink Blog • August 30, 2017
Your company’s data is one of its most important assets. In point of fact, it is so important that CEO Albert Metais of Steelgate Technologies propounds that “typically, if a company loses their data for more than 10 days, they end up filing for bankruptcy.” So, backing up your data is absolutely essential for core business functionality.
“With new compliance issues, data growth, and recent security breaches, the need for companies to back up their data against file corruption and data loss has increased dramatically,” said Metais.
With all this in mind, it can be overwhelming for a company to choose how best to backup their data. As always, it helps to seek out the guidance of a professional IT firm if a company lacks their own devoted department.
How does one differentiate between bad and good backup systems? How does a company balance this with cost effectiveness?
These questions may be echoing in the mind of a business owner right now, but the most important question should be, when is the most cost-effective time to upgrade?
That answer is simple: now.
You can’t gamble with your data. Average-sized companies tended to use tape backup in the past and even continue to use it today. But, this technology has become outdated. With the advent of onsite, online and disk imaging tech, there are endless ways to backup your data.
Your company should include an onsite backup file, an offsite file and disk imaging storage.
An onsite backup file in a local area network (LAN) is the basic foundation of a proper backup system. This file can be accessed quickly for immediate recovery.
An offsite backup data file is needed in case the place of business falls prey to a fire, flood or theft. This can take the form of a physical offsite backup stored on tapes or an external hard drive.
It can also take the form of an online backup, which is sent over the Internet to an offsite, secured data center.
Some may worry that online backup leaves data vulnerable, but businesses can be rest assured that it’s a secure system. Data is encrypted before it’s even sent across the Internet. Many online backup systems employ a 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm, which has never been compromised and is considered the benchmark in encryption.
Disk imaging is a backup of the whole server. This valuable backup tool not only stores the data, but also the operating system, applications and other configurations on the server. This allows the image to be reestablished quickly to bring the server back online if compromised. Data files can also be recovered.
It is clear then that data backup is an essential part of a well-functioning business. While it may seem daunting to come up with a fool-proof backup system, the relevant professionals are ready to help you develop that perfect program.
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