Backup Your Data Now … Or Suffer The Consequences
With most small businesses relying on home computers and operating extensively online, data backup is an often overlooked, yet vital aspect of running your business optimally.
A common objection starts like this: “But my computer is brand new! Surely I don’t need backup!” A hard drive is a fickle thing, and while a new hard drive is far less likely to crash, it could fail at any time. One spilled cappuccino or one stolen laptop could result in loss of data and untold inconvenience. Imagine losing something those precious photos you’ve stored on your laptop; theft might see insurance replacing it, but the photos are gone forever. “So what are my options, and which is the best?” you’re wondering. Read on!
Your Backup Options
Discs: You could burn your data to discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays). They are great for storing files like PDFs and tax returns for posterity. The trouble with discs is that we often end up storing them near our computers, so in the event of a fire, they are as vulnerable as our desktops. Furthermore, only a small amount of data can be stored on them.
USB Flash Drives: Flash drives are portable and easy to edit files on. They’re inexpensive and their storage capabilities have increased rapidly. Losing a flash drive with your important data, however, will be devastating.
External Hard Drives: These hard drives offer a lot more storage space than flash drives and disks do, and are great for backing up your entire computer rather than taking the time to select specific files. Retrieval of information is easy, and storage is simple. You still need to physically back up your hard drives so if disaster strikes, information could be out-dated.
Network Attached Storage: Also referred to as NAS, these devices are a step up from external hard drives. An entire office network or all your home computers could be backed up on a single NAS. Some however don’t include built-in storage, so you may have to buy separate hard drives. As a physical storage solution, NAS will be vulnerable in a fire or flood.
The Cloud: The cloud refers to online storage. Companies offer users access to a certain amount of free storage. Setup is completed in minutes, and you can access your files from anywhere in the world, provided you have an internet connection. The data is hosted in a separate location to your PC so it eliminates those physical vulnerabilities mentioned earlier. However, encryption and security issues have arisen, and cannot be overlooked.
Subscribed Online Backup: At the end of the day, subscribed online backup is a rock-solid storage solution for private and corporate users. A monthly subscription enables you to carry on growing your business, knowing your data is backed up like clockwork, secure against any threats.
Setting up a backup system for your computers can be fairly complex. If you are not sure how to get started or how it would apply to your own situation, please drop us a line or give us a call. We would be very happy to offer you some additional guidance. Contact Russell Davis at RMD Technologies on 011 026 3115, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.