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Backup your Data

on Tuesday, 31 March 2015. Posted in CommWest Blog

World Backup Day is March 31st! This doesn’t relate to backing up your vehicle, but backing up your data equipment. So the question is: Do you have a backup plan? If so, how long has it been since you have checked your data backup?  Data is something that is taken for granted up to the moment you don’t have it. Business is driven by computers and the data that they have, thus the importance of backing up that data. But keep in mind the needs of your business whether you do onsite, offsite or both.

What is a backup?

A backup is a copy of specific files such as documents, spreadsheets, emails and pictures. An entire hard drive can even be backed up.

Where can you backup to?

You can backup to either a second drive on your PC, an external drive or to a server. Depending on the data, you can even backup to the cloud. It is recommended that you save your backups to an offsite location. Some people put their backup drive in a safety deposit box at a bank or in a fireproof safe at their house.

How frequently should data be backed up?

Backups can be done daily, weekly, monthly and drives can be swapped every day, week or month depending on how critical the data is.

Why is it important?

·         29% of disasters are caused by accident http://www.worldbackupday.com/en/

·         30% of all businesses that have a major fire go out of business within a year. 70% fail within five years. (Home Office Computing Magazine)

·         60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster. https://www.bostoncomputing.net

·         Every week 140,000 hard drives crash in the United States. (Mozy Online Backup)

What is best for you?

It is important to evaluate your network and make a backup plan for your data. Whether it is backing up your computer to a second drive or to a server, backing up your server on an external drive or a cloud solution, CommWest can take a look at your network and help you decide what the best solution is for your business.

https://www.bostoncomputing.net

Offsite backup systems offer something, which no other data store can do: they protect to the greatest extent all your files. But why should they do that, you may ask. Imagine you are a business owner. You have your own office computer, which is crammed up with all the valuable info. Well, what if the computer gets stolen, or a short-cut puts it out of practice? What will happen to your enterprise? If you are still not convinced enough to the rational extent, let’s consider the following statistic data. 1 in every 4 computer users suffers a critical data loss every year. Last years over 500,000 were stolen. Disk and other hardware failures are so numerous that major disk and computer manufacturers/resellers are reducing their warranties to 12 months. Over 25% of data loss is a result of computer program errors, software viruses and natural disasters (factors completely out of your control). 50% of businesses that lose their data never open their doors again. Of those businesses that do manage to stay open, 90% end up failing within two years. Data loss will cost business an estimated £12 Billion this year.

http://www.contactomagazine.com/computers/dataloss1007.htm