Storage & Backup Services
Without a solid backup process, your business stands a chance of losing business critical data – permanently. Without a business backup system you’re running a serious risk of losing the following:-
- Client files – How would you track current projects if you lost all client data?
- Accounting information – If you had to start from scratch could you still get your PAYG or tax in on time?
- Email – How would you reference previous emails if they didn’t exist?
- Business files – If you lost all of your Word docs, Excel spreadsheets and other critical files, how long would it take to recreate these?
- Photos and music – Whilst not business critical it still breaks our heart when a business owner loses the only copies of his daughter’s 4th birthday because he put them on his work computer (this happens more often than you would think).
Backups enable you to recover data after its loss, through situations like server failure, virus or malware attack, accidental deletion of data, or corruption, which are all very common. You may also need to recover data from an earlier time.
How our business backup system works
All businesses depend on data. A backup, or the process of backing up, is making copies of data which may be used to restore the original after a data loss event.
Maybe you are taking backups. But how do you know they are not empty? Do you regularly check them?
Many clients looking for small business backup solutions ask what we back up data to. The answer to this question is that there are many and varied options for storage when it comes to backup and recovery services.
Backups can be considered as the first step of an IT Disaster Recovery strategy. However, a full Disaster Recovery plan should be implemented to cover both IT and business requirements to ensure full business continuity.
Technology has diversified the process of taking backups and it is also important to recognise the limitations and human factors involved in any backup scheme. We have expertise in a variety of backup tools including online backup, image-based backups, tape-based backups, and network storage backups.
Don’t gamble with your data safety. Contact us and we’ll send someone to you to assess your situation. We’ll tell you what is being backed up, what is not, and what your options are to take better backups and protect your business.
There are many different types of backup and business continuity plans available and different ways in which these solutions can be executed for your backup model.
We will recommend solutions according to your current and future growth requirements and in conjunction with your Disaster Recovery Plan objectives.
How much backup storage do I need?
Every business differs in requirements for storage. Things that can impact on the amount of storage needed for backups can be:-
- Number of employees
- Number of computers
- Types of files used in the business (video files are larger than Word docs for example)
- Business processes (some companies have hundreds, even thousands of documents per project)
Our experienced consultants will look at your current systems and ensure that data, speed and performance is improved to assist with a smooth and reliable back up system implementation.
We will recommend the right storage for your business according to performance, capacity, scalability, reliability and budget to ensure you get the right solution. With advanced storage technologies coming down in price, this gives small to medium businesses an excellent selection of products targeted to their needs and budget.
Why taking a backup is like telling a joke
When taking a backup of your business data there is a certain window of opportunity (called the backup window) to ensure that an entire snapshot is taken of your data, hence why taking a backup is like telling a joke – it’s all in the timing.
For backups to work well, there needs to be no activity on the network, this means if a backup is running when people are in the office working, there’s a good chance only a partial backup will be taken. If you’re running your own backups, it’s imperative that they’re done in the correct fashion in the right window of opportunity or chances are, you won’t have reliable and complete backups.