Determining the right data backup system for your company can be an intimidating task for many. This is because backup solutions vary greatly from one supplier or solution, hence the need for scrutiny on the available options in the market. Although some companies provide both data and complete system protection, most companies only offer data protection alone. Other companies make it possible to recover your data and systems fast enough thus reducing any risks involved. Nonetheless, whatever your preferences are, it would be advisable to go for the best value for your money.
“Several other aspects such as data protection legalities and policies should also be considered, as some cloud backup providers aren’t suitable for UK based businesses.” Say Indigo-IT, IT Support Specialists.
Choosing Between Data Only and Full System Backup
Data only backup
Proper and frequent data backup is vital for every business. Ensuring your business data is backed up frequently helps prevent loss of valuable, and irreplaceable data such as financial information, documents, emails and other vital information from damage. Although an excellent way to protect your data, data only backup leaves your entire IT systems exposed, meaning you may have to recreate or setup everything from scratch – this could take days.
System level backup
This is considerably much better (and safer) than data only backup. One of the reasons for this is that all installed software, data, and system settings are backed up securely. This means you can have the system restored exactly as it was, meaning you won’t need to reconfigure your PC or server, or reinstall programs as they are already there. System level backup is mostly recommended as it helps save time and other valuable resources.
Offsite or Onsite?
With onsite backup, the backup copy is made and stored on a device located within the business premise. The systems, therefore, do not need internet connectivity to back-up the data – all that is required is a local area network. This means companies can backup large volumes of data seamlessly, and never have to worry about cyber intrusions. Aside from this, accessing and retrieving data from the servers is easier and quicker.
The only disadvantage in using this options is that your data won’t be protected against local disasters such as theft, flood, and fire.
This option provides a more advanced data protection level than the on-site backup. This is because the backup copy is made to a remote data centre or device through a secure internet connection. Off-site data backup, therefore, provides protection against theft, fire, and floods.
Although an excellent option for most businesses, off-site data backup needs an internet connection (unlimited bandwidth) for regular backup frequency. This impacts how much data you can have backed up in a minute/day.
Choosing the right option for your business
Although data backup needs vary from one company to another, some of the most important factors to consider include vulnerabilities, potential business risks, and your business needs. If unable to decide on the right package for the company, you can then use an expert’s help.