Your data is valuable, and securing it against unauthorized access, theft, or loss is incredibly important. However, too many small businesses don’t really understand their different options for data security and recovery or are relying on old-fashioned batch updates when better, cheaper, and easier options are now readily available.
Fortunately for businesses in Contra Costa County, Grundig IT can help. We have years of experience helping small and medium businesses get a handle on their technology, providing data management systems that work to secure their information, maintain their services, and keep their precious data safe.
Preparing for the Worst
The threats to a company’s data are larger and more varied than most owners realize, ranging from simple hardware failures to virus attacks, lost devices, and even massive disruptions like hurricanes or earthquakes. To deal with these varied challenges we’ll work to develop a backup process that puts your files in more than one place, backs them up with a focus for short and long-term retrieval, respects your budget, and offers a clear procedure for rapid file recovery if the worst should happen.
For many small businesses data backup takes the form of a program like Windows Backup or Apple’s Time Machine used to move files or drive images to an external drive. And, in many instances, this method is extremely useful for averting disaster and saving important files in the short or long-term. However, there are a few problems:
- External drives fail easily, and recovering data from your data recovery device when you are on a schedule is not a situation you want to be in.
- External drives are vulnerable to on-site disasters and thefts. If your office burns down or floods, both your data and your data backups can be destroyed in the same accident.
- Companies today generate a tremendous amount of information. Backing that data up twice a week takes increasing time and results in a large amount of redundancy. These backups should be scheduled to provide historic, long term backups that are retained as well as short term backups ready for immediate use.
- Data can only be recovered from an external hard drive if you have the hard drive in hand—which ca.0n be a big problem on the road.
Using the Cloud
A better option involves marrying the occasional external drive backup with the use of affordable cloud services. In the past few years these services have proved themselves to be highly robust, stable, and reliable. In short, they provide small businesses with an efficient off-site backup strategy with no extra expenses for equipment, transit, or storage space.
Backup procedures can be set to run automatically at varying intervals to provide both short and long term data recovery options for your entire system. Plus cloud services provide access to your files from any device at any time from anywhere.
If your Bay Area small business doesn’t have a data security and recovery plan, contact Grundig IT today at (925) 528-9081. We specialize in helping business owners just you protect your data and maintain your services.