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Will Your Backup Be There When You Need It?

Many business owners assume that having a backup system in place is all they need to get their system back up and running in the event of a serious system disaster.  This is a mistake!  Not all backups are created equal and using the wrong one could have costly repercussions.

#1. Restoration time

Using conventional backup methods, it may take hours, days or even weeks to achieve a complete system restoration.  The problem with this is that most businesses rely on technology systems to facilitate all of their day-to-day business operations.  They simply can’t afford that much downtime.

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#2. Corruption

All backup methods are susceptible to corruption, but only some services will regularly verify your backups to ensure that your data is intact.  Old-fashioned methods such as backup tapes, on the other hand, can be rendered unusable by a fingerprint or exposure to magnetic objects.  In these cases, there’s no way to tell that something is wrong until an attempted restoration fails.

#3. Physical Damage & Misplacement

Many backup methods rely on physical media, like tapes, to preserve their data.  Unfortunately, these methods of storage are vulnerable to all kinds of problems, like damage, loss and theft.  In the event of an onsite disaster, such as an earthquake, these pieces of equipment may be damaged and rendered useless.  Although it is possible to store these backups offsite, these methods don’t tend to be very efficient.  For one thing, your data may only be shipped to an offsite storage facility once or twice a month.  For another, it’s not unheard of for data storage units to be damaged or lost in transportation.

#4. Scalability

Because traditional backup methods rely on physical systems, it can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive to make upgrades.  This can become a problem if you’re not sure of the capacity your backup system will be required to handle a few years down the road.

Bottom Line

The good news is that there are plenty of backup solutions out there that aren’t impacted by these issues.  Better yet, virtualization and cloud technology have made these methods of backup affordable to even small to mid-sized businesses that may not have had access to them in the past.  There’s just no reason to accept the hazards of conventional backup methods anymore!

To learn more about backup solutions and protect your business, click here to contact the experts at Servicad or call (905) 901-3365 x111.

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