Even if you consider yourself a small business, you probably have a lot of data - and it's all important. So few businesses back their data up, do so infrequently, or make copies but keep them in an insecure location. Backups can be a complicated and time-consuming task without the right tools.
Multiple backup methods
The best backup plans keep your data in multiple locations in addition to the original source. By doing this, you can be confident that if anything happens to one copy, there's another to fall back on.
There are a number of different types of devices and media on which to store local backups. The type and the amount of data you have will help you determine the best way to store it. Localized copies of your files, email, databases, contacts, etc allow you quick access to it should you accidentally delete a file or over-write it in your primary storage location. Also, these backups can be scheduled to happen automatically on a daily basis, or even more frequently if needed.
Having your data in a remote location is nearly as important as having a backup at all. While local backups are useful and recommended, off-site backups ensure that even in the worst disasters, such as flood, fire, or theft, your data will be available to restore at a new location. We can help you determine the best combination of technologies to keep your data safe.
Restore - Test your backups
And don't forget to test your backups. Far too often, backups are made (or so people think), and they don't work for some reason when it comes time to need them. Make sure to plan some time each quarter to do some test restores. If you can't do them yourself, we are glad to help you put together a plan for doing it on a regular basis.