Keeping your data secure, whether it be personal or business, is hugely important when selecting a backup solution.
Today’s small to mid-sized businesses are creating more data than ever, and the trend is likely to continue given the trends in the workplace environment. Business and data growth call for robust solutions to back up business-critical data. Due to limited financial and technology resources, it is crucial for small to mid-sized businesses to know exactly what to look for in a backup solution. Successful backup is the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity. Without it, recovery and continuity cannot exist. Technologies that were created decades ago to store data are not enough. Antiquated methods, like tape backup, aren’t going to ensure data retention and recovery during critical time windows.
Hardware systems do sometimes fail, and at that point, users can rely on instant virtualization of failed systems. The strongest of providers will be able to convert a backup into a running system in a matter of seconds. When choosing a backup solution, businesses should look for 6 important criteria: comprehensiveness, ease of use, recoverability, performance and reliability, affordability, and scalability.
Small businesses generally do not have a dedicated technology department that can manage separate backup, recovery, and business continuity solutions. Does the solution provide key functionality that is seamlessly integrated? A combination of on-premises and cloud-based services offers the best total protection for businesses of all sizes, especially small businesses.
As small business employees tend to take on multiple roles at work, managing technology shouldn’t be one of them. Solutions that offer intelligent user interfaces and are also supported by a vast network of managed service providers are often the best choices.
Most small to mid-size businesses carry less than a month of operating costs in cash, so downtime can quite literally ‘break the bank.’ Instant recovery capabilities can remedy this. If your hardware systems fail, users can rely on instant virtualization of failed systems to stay operational. The strongest of providers will be able to convert a backup into a running system in a matter of seconds. In the event of a natural disaster, a total system replication may be necessary. This creates a complete infrastructure on which to host your business.
It makes sense that quicker and more frequent backups limit data loss. So when choosing a reliable solution, businesses should choose one that performs backups very often. An ideal solution is an incremental backup, where the technology adds what you’ve changed or deleted, rather than backing up the entire volume of data repeatedly. This adds to a solution’s ability to perform more quickly.
With limited financial and technical resources, choosing a backup solution can be a trying task. Many opt for cheaper solutions, which provide them less functionality. Cheaper solutions may seem like the right call at the moment, but down the road, it can be quite costly when the solution doesn’t do all that a small to mid-size business needed to prevent downtime. It’s important to find the most cost-effective and affordable solution that won’t require sacrificing significant features and capabilities.
Successful small businesses often grow into larger businesses. With that comes the creation of more and more data. Alongside this growth is a need for more advanced backup and business continuity solutions. Selecting a provider who works with businesses of all sizes promises small to mid-size businesses a bigger selection of products and services to meet their needs as they evolve.
It’s not enough to put technology in place and assume it’s always working in the background. With any sophisticated technology, there are potential points of failure. An intelligent business continuity service should offer automated assurance to ensure that systems are always bootable and provide screenshot verification.
Whether it be personal or business, keeping your data secure is hugely important when selecting a backup solution. Natural disasters can wipe out entire facilities, so it is important to choose a provider with multiple, geographically separated data centers.
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