Did you know that you have a 1 in 4 chance of losing all of your pictures, music, spreadsheets, reports, programs, and everything electronically valuable due to a natural disaster or an evil virus programmer? In addition, if you own a business, your chances are 1 in 2 that your business will fail if you lose your all or most of your data. A look at the four most common methods of data storage reveals that they do not all offer the same benefits and safety.
You might be backing up your files to a DVD or a CD, but these disks do not offer the security you might think they do. Even though you verify that the files copied perfectly onto the disks, damage to the disk over time can corrupt the files making them very expensive or impossible to recover. And if you do not perform the manual backup onto disk, hundreds of hours of work and files will still be lost. Not only that, but these disks are not usually encrypted so all of your data is at risk in case of theft.
Another popular method for backing up data is on an external tape storage system or a second internal hard drive. These devices work well if they have not also been damaged or otherwise corrupted in the same flood, fire, or lightning strike as the original hard drive. And don’t forget theft. And it has been reported by industry experts that tape backups can fail in 1 out of 2 recovery attempts.
The most effective way to ensure regular and secure file recovery is by using the services of an off site data backup company. Offsite backup services usually involve a simple process:
Local Software Installation
First, you will install a small program that talks to the online storage backup server. The program can take up to 30 minutes to install and set up.
Initial Backup of Entire System
Second, you will need to have a fast internet connection, such as a T1 line, DSL or cable modem. Third, perform a full system backup during an opportune time. For secure storage, respectable offsite data backup providers store your files in highly secure “vaults” that are maintained and observed 24 hours a day.
Web Management System
Finally, many online data backup providers offer a web interface for convenient access to scheduling backups and retrieving files anywhere an internet connection is available. You should also be issued an access code that will keep your files safe from intruders.
I’ll leave you with this proverb: don’t spend your days worrying about losing your data; worry about not having an offsite backup service to recover it. To learn more about data recovery options to secure your business, visit Data Backup Solutions.