Thought Leadership on The Future of Technology presented by One Source Imaging Solutions, Inc.
Why backup is essential for businesses of all sizes
To put data backup practices into perspective, they’re not too far from being like an NFL football team. In terms of NFL football, injuries are almost inevitable, and the backups are rarely as great as the starters. This often leads to the team losing the game (or, in most cases, a season) if they happen to lose their starting players. For example, the Washington Redskins lost RG3 and went 4–12 in 2014. In 2015, the Baltimore Ravens lost their quarterback, Joe Flacco, and went 5–11.
In the world of business and data backup, with ransomware infections, spyware infections, malware infections, hard drives becoming corrupt, or hard drives simply failing, you need your backup to be incredibly good. Sadly, there’s no way to test a standard data backup. More often than not, the backups aren’t as good: They’re corrupt, they’re missing, or the backups were not installed in the first place. On average, data backup issues can easily cost a business $38,000.
What causes a loss of data?
A loss of data can occur under a wide range of circumstances, including:
- Natural causes — Software bugs, a software crash/freeze, a hardware failure or a power failure can easily cause problems with your data management setup.
- Crime — Even with the tightest security, your system could suffer from industrial espionage, hacking or other forms of data thievery.
- Human error — Human errors are fairly common. Such problems can come from errors in administration databases, the misplacement of CDs, or the accidental deletion of an important file.
- Disasters — Whether it’s an earthquake, a tornado, a flood or a fire, disasters can cause serious (and permanent) damage to your data.
What are data backups?
Data backups refer to copying your company’s data so that it can be restored in the event of fatal or damaging circumstances to your computer system. Data backups are used to recover lost data or restore a computer into a fully operating state. The more important the data stored on a computer is, the more important it is to have the information backed up.
Sadly, installing a standard backup system doesn’t necessarily mean the backup system is going to work in your time of need. Since you have no way to test your backup system, you also have no guarantee that the system will work after it’s installed. Even f the backup is valid, if you are running a business application on a platform such as SQL, you will be unable to access that database until a new SQL server is built. Cutting corners and using Dropbox or Google Drive can prove ineffective and lack security, so it leaves a company at a crossroads in terms of backing up its data.
Instead of just making sure the data is backed up, especially on a server level, look at creating a complete image that can be used on premise and at an offsite datacenter to ensure your business will continue to operate in the event one of the above issues occurs. Doing this will ensure the backup is tested and verified, as well as allow you to have your business applications accessible within six hours instead of a few weeks. You could even ensure faster uptime by moving your network to a datacenter (cloud) and receive 99.99% uptime along with an SLA (service level agreement) guaranteeing that uptime for your business.
Read more at https://www.osisit.com/business-continuity/. If you’re looking for business continuity, testing and verification of backup (from PC and server), One Source Imaging Solutions is the trusted choice when it comes to staying ahead of the latest information technology tips, tricks and news. Contact us at 410-931-6363 or send us an email at ITsolutions@osisIT.com for more information.