Backup your systems and data to make sure you can always recover your important information and services
Backups are a key, undervalued, element of every IT system, ensuring that data is stored should something happen to the live information. This could be for posterity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery or any other number of reasons.
Backups are essential as anything could corrupt or damage data, from users accidentally deleting a file to cyber criminals locking up or corrupting entire servers and databases. Without a backup the damage to a business could be a mild inconvenience, loss of profitability or it could result in the business closing down.
The risks are not limited to actions within the IT environment however, as physical damage to equipment could also be saved through backup. Factors such as fires, floods, theft or power surges could damage the Business IT infrastructure beyond economical repair. For this reason, cloud backup or off-site backup solutions should be looked into.
Factors to be considered when looking into backup solutions:
The most common type of backup employed by businesses is an “on-site backup”, typically provided by an external USB or Network Attached Storage drive. This allows the company to have a second copy of the data should anything happen to the original.
The next most useful and common type of backup, “off-site” or “cloud” backups allow a company to store the data outside of the business premises in the event of a local disaster, internet outage or physical damage.
A hybrid solution is the most useful, resilient and expensive backup solution. Benefitting from the advantages of both on-site and off-site solutions while the disadvantages are mitigated by both solutions, this double backup can be cost prohibitive for some businesses.
File only backups simply backup the individual data files required by the business, ignoring the file structure or additional data relied on by users, machines and services. This is the most simplistic backup and common for on-site backups.
A full-system backup copies the entire digital architecture of a server or workstation that can be recovered to a new piece of hardware in the event of failure. Most useful in disaster recovery scenarios, the entire system can be recovered.
For every business, there is a solution.