Why You Should Back Up Your Data
Data backup is about protecting your business. You need a data storage and recovery plan that can safeguard your data and keep business operations up and running.
Articles published December 27, 2019 by Ben Killion
Have you ever experienced a moment of panic when you’ve feared you lost something from your computer? It could be as simple as deleting a file by accident. Perhaps your computer’s hard drive crashed. Or worse, maybe your computer was the target of a malware attack.
Whatever the cause, we’ve all felt it. Now imagine that anxiety on a much larger scale. We’re not talking about one computer, but a whole network of computers. The backbone of your business operations is your data, and in the blink of an eye it could be gone.
System failures and loss of data can lead to downtime, result in the loss of revenue or profit, and negatively impact your reputation. Fortunately, there are data backup and recovery solutions available to you, so that when that worst case scenario becomes reality, you’re prepared.
Why backup is important for your business
To backup your data is to protect your company against data loss. In the event that there is a hardware or software failure, data corruption, malicious virus or malware attack, or accidental deletion, backup copies allow you to recover that data.
Think of backups as insurance for your data. You’ll only need it in the event that disaster strikes, however unlikely that may be. But if disaster does strike, you’ll be glad you have redundancies in place. Otherwise you may find yourself having to start over from scratch.
Data losses can have catastrophic consequences for businesses that don’t have a backup and recovery plan in place. Backing up your data allows you to keep your business running smoothly and prevents significant downtime that could cripple your organization in the long-term.
As a business, you’re required to keep certain records for an extended period, for tax purposes and other various regulations. Safeguarding that information is critical, especially if the alternative is explaining to the IRS or regulatory commissions that you don’t have the records they expect from you. Non-compliance, regardless of the circumstances, can lead to fines.
Backups are also a contingency for human error. People make mistakes. There’s no harm in acknowledging that and having a plan in place to account for it.
Types of data backup
Ultimately, your data backup solution will depend on the needs of your business. When considering a backup system, be sure to evaluate the ease of set-up, the amount of storage space provided, the cost, the security measures that will be in place, how frequently your data will be backed up, and how quickly your backup data can be accessed.
Types of data backup range from local hard drives connected to your systems or network, to cloud-based storage and recovery that delivers responsive connectivity speed. Local backups are certainly more vulnerable to physical disasters, so cloud backups are frequently used either in tandem or as an alternative solution since they provide secure offsite copies of data.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution. In fact, one solution may not be what solves all of your needs. There are companies that have multiple backups in place as a precaution. The most important thing is your peace of mind, knowing your business data is safe and protected.
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