Data Backup

The process of restoring data in the event your business IT infrastructure becomes compromised, is a long term strategy we advise all our customers to seriously consider.

“40% of companies that do not have proper backup or disaster recovery plans in place, do not survive a disaster” – Acronis

Data loss is another reason for companies to ensure backups are implemented. Where files become corrupt or there is a physical loss of data, perhaps on external hard drives or stolen hardware, it is essential that this data can be retrieved from another source.

There are a multitude of options to choose from when deciding on the most suitable level of backup of your business. Fortunately, we have been able to help a wide range of customers to implement the right backup and recovery system.

Here is an overview of the types of backup options companies can use, including some further options which ensure your data is fully secure and safe in the event of a breach.

Physical backups

USB drives and tapes are among the most common types of items used to create copies of data from your server or PC. Provided you have the right amount of space available and the backup is kept away from the physical location of work this is probably the cheapest option available.

Incremental backups are quite common when using physical hardware to store your data, as this is less time consuming for the person running the backups, but it also means that you will have quite a large number of devices holding data from perhaps each day of the week (preferably, since the time or date that the last backup was ran). Again, depending on the number of physical backups used, this can be a very laborious and time consuming task. Particularly if it is carried out on a daily basis. Another reason, is that USB drives can become corrupt and/or transfer viruses wherever they are plugged in.

Network backups

Many companies choose to use either a SAN (Storage Area Network) or NAS (Network Attached Storage) to store backups of their data and are bale to recover using a virtual machine to restore and retrieve single files or an entire file system. As effective as this type of backup can be, NAS and SAN is not a viable option in the event your physical site location falls victim to a natural disaster, or other incident which destroys or damages your premises.

Hosted backups

This form of backup, also known as cloud storage/cloud backup belongs to a range of cloud services, designed to eliminate the stress and worry of not knowing the safety and security of your data.

The backup process is easy to integrate with your business operating systems and backup copies are taken according to your requirement. In the event that you need to retrieve your data and restore your backups, this backup strategy can have your data available to you within minutes.

Systems can be backed up and replicated instantaneously. It doesn’t matter whether you have physical or virtual servers – our solution can protect and backup your data, servers and entire network with zero disruption to your network.

Bespoke to your needs

Regardless of your location or business size, we can work with you to design and deliver backup systems which are scalable and fit well with your business operations. We understand that you are busy trying to get on with running your business – backups and disasters tend to get pushed to the bottom of the pile – especially when you’ve worked long hours all week and you suddenly have to think about whether you need to backup your data.

Many organisations are also waking up to the fact that mobile devices need to be included in their backup strategy. With Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and increasingly more employees and team members working from remote locations, it is essential that a business looks at how it operates and takes everything into consideration when choosing a backup strategy.

Choosing the right backup

Data storage and data recovery are an aspect of your IT that we always address when helping you formulate an effective disaster recovery plan. We want to help you choose the right type of backup for your business, which is both cost effective and works in line with your requirements.

In all honesty, there is no one single backup option that trumps another, whether you choose to use physical devices, backup software or opt for a cloud based service. It matters that the number of backups you take and the amount of backups you take are properly safeguarded and are not all kept in a single location. It should also be allocated to a specific person or team to ensure that backups are initiated and stored securely in line with your business protocols. Many organisations choose to employ an individual to manage the backup process, however our team can help you to remove this extra cost and take away the burden of having to manually check whether your backups are successful.

Automated and secure

Our team are highly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to handling an organisation’s backup process. We set everything in place to ensure that no backups are missed and that if a backup fails, we receive instant notification so that our engineers can look into the reason why a particular backup has failed and the root cause of it.

Eliminate the stress and worry of not knowing where and how your data is stored in the event of an attack on your network. With ever changing data requirements and updates to compliance regulations, the requirement to respond effectively is key to every organisation.

Our backup services offer a strategic management of your company’s data, along with less disruption for your team and are designed to run unobtrusively in the background.

Our solutions offer complete integration with your IT network and a fast restoration and recovery time.

With an ever-expanding requirement for data security, the opportunity to properly protect your data and prevent loss of information should never be left to last minute.

Benefit from:

  • Guidance to help you get the best level of support for your backups
  • Recovery and restoration of your data within minutes of a disaster or attack on your network
  • Offsite backup options to replicate and store your data
  • Automated monitoring and alerts of failed backups
  • Fully compliant and easy to implement into your business
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