Backups. The word usually strikes fear into the computer user or person responsible for the computer systems at your company. Usually the fear is justified. Few people actually take the time to know whether their backups are working, and for many, the answer is one they don’t want to hear.
Data backup solutions are made up of three distinct pieces: the backup itself, the verification of that backup, and the test restore of data from the backup. Unfortunately, most only worry about the first step, working hard to make sure they get a successful copy of their data. Verification is achieved by comparing the backup data to all the files on the system and ensuring they match. The third item is almost always forgotten but is really the most important of all the steps. What good is it to have offsite data backup services if you can’t restore your backed-up data? For this reason, we always restore data from backups and ensure the files can be opened in their respective applications.
After 20 years of trying to get our clients backed up effectively, we are finally seeing the best data backup solutions we’ve ever seen. Disk-based backups have finally matured and are now the best for remote data backup. Many of the devices back up every hour so that your backups are basically continuous. Those backups are automatically sent offsite to a cloud-based device that houses multiple iterations of the remote backup. Our offsite data backup services ensure even greater security of important files and documents. Rarely are there any errors or does the backup stop working (something we saw all the time with tape).
Now the coolest part: these disk-based backup devices also supply your company with continuity services. This is the ability to get the business systems running after a major outage, system failure, or disaster. By utilizing Virtual Machine (VM) technology, these systems allow you to run your different servers directly off the backup device. Server goes down? No problem. Turn up the server on the backup system and you’re up and running immediately. If you’d like to discuss your remote data backup needs please call us at 562-626-0079.