Small Business Backup Solution is Important to Disaster Recovery

by | Jan 24, 2013 | Business Continuity

Do you believe a small business backup solution is important to disaster recovery?

The arrival of hurricane, fire or flood is no time to find out if your small business backup solution is adequate. Unfortunately many small businesses use a USB flash drive or a portable hard disk drive to store backup information and these devices are easily damaged or lost. They are also not designed for long term storage. A small business backup solution should be designed to ensure the business is able to quickly recover from any disaster that might strike.

Storage Method

One of the best places to store data to ensure it will not be damaged in a natural disaster is online or in the cloud. This type of storage is designed to hold large amounts of information over a long period of time. The servers used to store data are usually far away from the physical location of the business and will not be effected by local weather, natural disasters or damage to the business. Online backups also prevent the information from being accidentally erased or written over, as can happen with a USB drive. Any backup solution should consider where the data is being stored as well as how.

Frequency of Backup

Many small businesses should back up their information daily (and often times hourly). However due to time considerations many businesses don’t. While it may not seem important to back up information daily it can be vital to any business that suffers a disaster, damage from theft or vandalism. If you lose a week’s worth of data that could be a week’s worth of revenue lost because you don’t have a good backup system in place. Keeping data on laptops or even desktops won’t help if those items are stolen or damaged. An offsite backup solution is vital to every business.

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Amount of Data in Backup

Many small businesses do not back up all electronic information.  Customer data, employee data, financial information and other sensitive data are routinely backed up, but that isn’t all of the electronic data a business uses. Emails are one type of information that is often overlooked when doing a backup. This type of information can be vital to recreate what work was in progress when disaster strikes. Working files are another type of electronic data that is often overlooked in a backup plan. Including all data in your backup solution will help your business get back to normal faster and more efficiently after a disaster strikes.

It is important for a business of any size to have a disaster recovery plan in place. This plan should include a backup solution. For more information on the best small business backup solution for your business contact us.

Dale Shulmistra is a Business Continuity Specialist at Invenio IT, responsible for shaping the company’s technology initiatives -- selecting, designing, implementing & supporting business continuity solutions to bolster client operational efficiencies and eliminate downtime.