I know, I know…computer backups are not exactly sexy. But there are some tremendous new options out there for small business owners, that provide a high level of protection without breaking the bank. That’s gotta be at least a little sexy, right?
Most small businesses back up nightly at best, which means you could easily lose a full day’s data if something serious goes wrong. That can be a lot of work to recreate. Top that off with the hassle of swapping tapes, lugging hard drives, or dealing with slow offsite backups that aren’t done by morning. No wonder backups are so hard to keep running, and such a source of ongoing frustration for business owners.
Now, you can now use a combination solution that keeps risk of data loss to an absolute minimum, with fast recovery in the event of disaster. And while it’s more expensive than basic backup options, it’s affordable. A bargain compared to hours, days, or weeks of downtime.
First, there’s a hardware device onsite at your office, a network attached storage device (NAS). The software takes snapshots as frequently as every 15 minutes. The way the software is written, it only copies what’s changed at a bits and bytes level rather than document by document. It also sends the data changes offsite. That’s usually a little less frequent, to keep from using up your Internet bandwidth. And then all this is monitored round the clock to make sure it’s running smoothly.
If something happens, the recovery options are really impressive, fast and comprehensive. Let’s say your server has a hardware failure, and it’s going to take a couple of days to get replacement parts. Using virtual server technology, we recreate your server on the NAS, on a temporary basis, to keep your business up and running. It can take as little as an hour to rebuild. It might be a little slow compared to your normal server, but it keeps your staff working instead of waiting.
If it’s a worse-case scenario, like fire or flood, have a NAS overnighted and get that up and running the very next day. You’ll have plenty of other problems to deal with, but at least your computer systems won’t be one of them.