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11 January 2020 | 6:22 pm

There are many different backup options, from USB disk, tape to cloud backups. But within those backup options, there are even more options.

If you are using a cloud backup, this is great, your data is automatically backed-up and taken offsite, no intervention required.

But if you are only backing up files from a server – and your server dies, there will be a time penalty to recover those files. Mainly because a new server needs to be procured, built, setup with the applications re-installed, and only then can the files be recovered. How valuable is time in a business? Or a better question to ask is how much does downtime cost your business?

There are cloud backups available that will allow you to switch into a “DR mode” which will essentially create your server in the cloud, as it was before the failure, usually in less than 1 hour. This saves valuable time and expense and gives you time to look at the short term recovery options.

Still running nightly backups?

Most companies still run a single daily backup , usually at night. Which is great because you will at least have 1 backup. But your business can potentially lose a whole working days worth of work if a disaster occurred at the end of the working day.

Why not have a cloud backup running multiple times per day? The risk of data loss is greatly minimized. Sounds simple, right? But some backups create big overheads on the systems and can cause slowdowns, impacting productivity.

When was the last time you tested your backups?

One of THE most common causes of data loss. Not testing backups. They successfully run every night and you might get an email informing you everything’s backed-up and you’re good-to-go….until you need to restore your data and realism its only backing -up a third of your data since people have created folders not originally in the backups. Or the data has corrupted and not usable.

Our backups run multiple times a day without impacting productivity, we also have a DR option with local mode and cloud mode. Which means your business will continue to run even if your main systems fall over.