It’s a bad feeling to delete vacation pictures on your phone. It's a worse feeling if you realize you didn't have them backed up. What if your customer information, financials, and sales reports were lost or encrypted by ransomware and you had no data backup?
We used to hear statements like:
“We’ve never had a backup and we’ve been fine.”
“We have new computers so we don’t need a backup.”
“The backup we have usually works and that’s good enough.”
Sound familiar? Your proprietary information is one of the most valuable assets of your business. Risks from cyber threats, potential damage from natural causes, and common user carelessness are real. That’s why it’s essential for every small business to have a reliable data backup.
Of course, the main purpose of having a backup is to recover your data when you need it. And, a backup that doesn’t work consistently is almost like having no backup at all.
What Backups Can Restore
Accidentally Deleted File If you delete a file by mistake, you can restore it (or have it restored by your IT provider) with the right backup solution. That's much easier than having to re-create a document from scratch.
Cyberattack (Crypto-viruses) or Corrupt File If a file is corrupted for whatever reason, then you can restore the most-recently saved version.
Server Damage Unexpected things happen. If the hardware itself is damaged, you could restore your entire network including operating systems and software applications on a new server.
Property Damage It's unlikely that your office and the hardware in it would be destroyed. Still, you could restore “from the ground up” on a new server in an alternate location.
Backup solutions can be onsite in your office, in the cloud, or a hybrid of both depending on your business needs.
Consider how much involvement you want your staff to have (for example, swapping out hard drives every night), any compliance rules you must meet, and what your goals are for restoring data. Your IT provider can recommend the right solution to fit your budget.
It doesn't feel good to lose vacation pictures. Losing your business information because you didn’t invest in a data backup solution could be much worse.
If you need help choosing the right data backup for your business, contact CRU Solutions.