The unfortunate reality of operating a small business is that data disasters are the rule, not the exception. A large chunk of businesses all over the world loses data due to a wide range of factors. In fact, as recently as July 2012 Kaspersky reported that upwards of 35% of all businesses experienced significant data loss due to flawed IT security and a host of other issues.
The bottom line here is that losing key business data is a costly loss. To prevent his from happening you’ll need a sure-fire way to recover your data. Let’s look at three common types of data backup solutions.
Three common ways to back up your company data
- Local disk backups: On the small business level, local disk — like external hard drives or solid-state drives (SSDs) — have been the go-to method for backing up company data. The big problem is that these devices are famous for failing to capture all of your data or for failing altogether, because most hard disk drives have a very short lifecycle. The big benefit to using local hard disk for storage is that it’s cheap. You can pick up massive hard disk devices for well under $200 each. However, if your company experiences massive growth where agile scalability is necessary for survival this may end up proving to be a bad method for backing up data.
- Server Backups: If you use databases for email or website content management of any type then server backup is non-negotiable. Back up your data offsite, or your backup isn’t going to survive a physical disaster. For many small to mid-sized businesses, this may not be a budgetary possibility, as these IT resources are expensive and often difficult to manage in the instance of a major data disaster.
- Cloud-based data backup: Last, but certainly not least, there’s the rapidly growing cloud-based data backup space. It can give you that extra feeling of security knowing that you can back up your data to a series of cloud servers at a moment’s instance. Scalability is agile and you’re only paying for the space what you use. This makes for a perfect backup solution for small businesses that need an affordable, flexible and scalable way to secure company data backups at an offsite location.
Data is your lifeblood, so protect it
The question is not if you’ll back up your data, but where and how you’ll do it. The best way to mitigate the downsides of each type of backup is to employ a mixture of all. Keep a local backup of your most important and new data, but backup everything to a cloud server; that way you can continue operating with your local backup while you work on restoring your entire system from the remote backup server.
You may think this won’t happen to you, but that’s often when disaster strikes. You don’t want to wait for a disaster to protect your company’s most valuable asset. Your customer’s confidence and your bottom line are all at stake. Whatever backup solution you choose make sure they deliver on their promise to keep your data protected and that you can easily recover that data in the event of a disaster.
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