Backing up your data may seem like a dreaded task, but data backups are essential to the smooth running of any business and is an important start to any business continuity plan. At Correct Solutions, our goal is to help your business find the most effective backup options which eliminate as many of the pain points as possible. Here are some of the pain points you may be facing with traditional backup solutions:
Manual Backup: With traditional backup options, there is a manual element which requires you to remember to set up a backup. In the event that you forget to run a backup and you have an issue, you may lose more data than you bargained for. How much data loss can your business live with?
Failed or Incomplete Backups: Traditional methods of backup can require high levels of processing power. In some instances, the regular server activity cannot continue occurring while you are backing up your data and vice versa. The end result for this is either a failed backup or a backup that is missing files being actively worked on at the time of the backup.
As a business, are you aware of how much data you are comfortable with losing?
DIY Backup: With the availability of different backup programs with a variety of different features, it can often become confusing ensuring that you have backed up all the parts necessary for your business. With the above flexibility and therefore power of these applications, items which may be critical to your business continuity in the event of a disaster may be overlooked. How much is your time worth? Sure you have better things to do than worry about DIY backups.
Backup Media: Traditional backup occurs on magnetic tapes or optical disks. Therefore, an administrative process is necessary to take care of the backup disks. There will be a designated person who will have to physically take the data out of the office to an alternative location. Whilst this can be acceptable as an additional backup option, if this is the primary backup solution, there is a significant level of risk involved in regards to human error.
Restoration Time: With traditional backup, the time taken to get you back up and running can often be significantly longer. This is due to the logistical components such as purchasing hardware i.e. servers and time taken to transfer the data off the hard drive and install onto your new equipment.
How long can you afford to be down?
In the next post, we’ll discuss some alternative backup options that will make your data backup much simpler and less prone to risk. Stay tuned!