Five Important Methods to Keep in Mind When Choosing A Backup Solution

Five Important Methods to Keep in Mind When Choosing A Backup Solution

We have all seen one too many notifications on our phones, tablets and computers nagging us to back up our data. It turns out we shouldn’t be ignoring this maddening message and here’s the reason why.

Small to mid-sized businesses are generating more and more data day to day than ever before, therefore it is important to be prepped with a more full-bodied solution to back up sensitive business data. Before we get too carried away, it is important to first understand the “why” followed by the “how”.

Did you know that 60% of small businesses which suffer a major data loss do not survive within the following six months, whether that being due to post-data loss financial, reputation or recourse issues? A successful backup can be the difference between life and death for your business, and of course it can set the foundation for disaster recovery and business continuity.

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Choosing your backup solution - five considerations

1.   Ease of Use

One of the most important thoughts when talking about any product is how “user friendly” it is, and let’s be honest we need all the help we can get when IT is involved! The old “have you tried turning it off and on again?” sadly isn’t the solution to everything, and most definitely won’t bring back lost data.

Small to mid-sized businesses don’t have time to be managing a tough IT system, therefore finding solutions that offer intelligent user interfaces which are also supported by many networks will be a business’ best choice.

2.   Recover-ability

Instant recovery capabilities are something to look out for and rate at a high importance as small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) don’t have the resources to cope with the downtime of their systems. Conveniently, the stronger providers will be able to convert a backup into a running system in a matter of minutes.

The convenience of inhibiting an effective and efficient backup, recovery and business continuity solution is especially important to small businesses. If your small business suffers data loss during a work day for 3 hours, it will not only cost you for someone to come and fix the issue, it will cost you in wages as your staff will be unable to work, and may cost your reputation as well if you are unable to serve your own customers.

3.   Performance and Reliability

Its common sense that quicker and more frequent backups limit your chances of data loss, therefore choosing a reliable solution is important and, you guessed it, choosing a system that has regular or automatic backups is the one to go for!

4.   Affordability

If you are a SMB, chances are you don’t have a huge IT budget, therefore, with limited financial and technical resources, it can be tricky to find the right backup solution.

Cheaper solutions are enticing at first sight, yet in the long run it can become costly when it doesn’t do the whole job you thought it would, and after all your data is priceless. Hence it is important to find not only the most cost-effective solution but also one that won’t require you to sacrifice significant operations in the

long run.

5.  Scale-ability

If everything goes to plan, small business usually flourishes into larger business, and with that comes the formation of more and more data. Of course, this means that as your business is growing, back up methods and business continuity solutions need to grow and advance alongside it.

To be safe, select a provider who works with business of all sizes, therefore they can carry you through as your business evolves.

Finding the best back up and business continuity provider for your business is the first step to safeguarding your business and remember when selecting your backup and business continuity solution, look out for key elements that you are chasing for your business in the long term.

Contact Calvert Technologies today if you have any concerns regarding securing your business' data.

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