Have you thought about what would happen if you lost all your computer data? Could your business survive? A business continuity plan is about managing disruptions, disasters and change so that you can keep going with minimal pain and hassle. Your business continuity plan should assign a great deal of importance to data backup and recovery. There are three backup solutions for you to consider.
A recent study of 600 users worldwide found that 60% use external hard drives for backing up their data. They remain popular because they’re reasonably priced and easy to purchase from local stores. They’re simple to use, and most will automatically backup your data when plugged in to your PC.
This is all well and good for your personal PC at home, but it’s not going to work for backing up all the servers and multiple workstations that a business may have. External hard drives aren’t designed to do this. In theory, you can set up a single external hard drive for backing up several drives on a company network, but this can be quite complicated.
There’s another issue with an external hard drive. Backing up is meant to deal with worst case scenarios, including fire, floods and similar catastrophes. If your external hard drive is sitting there too, it’s also vulnerable to damage. It’s also easy for a thief to remove an external drive with all your data.
Tape backups for data have been around a long time – perhaps too long. Some businesses still use tape because they’re used to the technology and carry on with the solution that’s worked for them in the past. Tape has some advantages over external hard drives, especially when it comes to backing up servers and an entire network.
That doesn’t mean that backing up with tape is easy. You have to activate the process on a daily basis, and physically replace them with fresh tapes on a regular basis. You need a secure place to store the tapes, and unless you have a totally secure facility that’s safe from fire, flood and theft, you have the same vulnerability as you would have with external hard drives.
A Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR) solution from Quikteks uses the best available technology to protect your data. Our BDR solution uses the cloud to back up your vital business data and is suitable for businesses of all sizes. The effort that other backup solutions require is minimized. In fact, you don’t have to do anything. We set up the BDR and maintain it remotely, so you don’t have to worry about it. After all, you have better things to do with your time than switching tapes every day.
With BDR, all your business data is securely stored offsite, so that if a catastrophe hits your premises then your data is absolutely safe. You can also virtualize your old data to your new network. BDR is affordable and the outlay is even less when you subscribe to the other comprehensive managed IT services that we offer.
Do you have an adequate business continuity plan? If you want to find out more about backing up your data securely with the most convenient BDR solution available, give Quikteks a call at (973) 882-4644.
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