Data loss can be very costly, predominantly for organisations in the small and medium business (SMB) market where the difference between existence and closure can rest on the ability to recover from a disaster. At the very least, critical data loss will have a financial bearing on companies of all sizes:
Reasons to backup your data
- Computer crashes – Always happen when you least need it, and can lead to data loss.
- Virus Infection – Aggressive malicious viruses can corrupt files and disable computers.
- Hard drive failure – hard drives have a finite lifetime and can fail suddenly and without warning. The sudden death of a hard drive can cause the painful loss of months or years of irreplaceable files and the timing can be catastrophic – if this happens close to a work or college deadline it could be a nightmare scenario.
- Physical computer damage – your files are more at risk if you use a laptop. Light and portable comes at the price of reduced durability. Laptops are sensitive and are easily damaged if dropped or have drinks spilled over them. The Human Eraser – Have you ever typed “Y” when you meant “N” and then it was too late? Have you ever overwritten a file by mistake? Today’s computers can do a lot of damage in a very short period of time. Backup systems can save you hours, days or months of trying to reconstruct your valuable data.
- Free up disk space – While we can’t stop the steady growth in the size of application software and related data, we can help you do something about it by allowing you to offload some of the less-used files from your hard disk.
- Events beyond your control – Both natural and man-made disasters inject disconcerting variables into any application that require large amounts of data storage – If your system goes, your data stays — it may mean the difference between business as usual and bankruptcy.
Our Solution – VEEAM
Over the last few years, backups and the quality of the backups have altered a lot. The developments in how information and system files can be backed up today is possible, in large part, due to the fact that virtualization has grown to maturity. Today’s backups on virtual platforms allow for the ability to capture systems in their entirety as whole snapshots. The end result- restores when needed that can place a business right where it left off in the event of a data loss. A company at the forefront of virtualized environment backup technology is Veeam. Veeam’s backup product not only provides a good system and data protection solution, but it can become part of an overall disaster recovery plan. If your organization is running either the licensed version of VMware or Microsoft’s Hyper-V, you can either do disaster tolerant backups (quick restores), or replicate the entire system to another standby host. These two options, backup and replication, provide cost effective tools as part of an overall disaster recovery or high availability plan.
Offsite Backup for Data Protection Assurance
Backing up data is a fundamental business need. However, a backup strategy is required to ensure complete data availability and recovery. The 3-2-1 rule has become a solid plan for data protection and includes:
- Have at least three copies of your data.
- Store the copies on two different media.
- Keep one backup copy offsite.
The cost and complexity of managing an offsite infrastructure can be a challenge for many SMBs. We offer a fully integrated, fast and secure solution to backup and restore from the cloud utilizing Veeam Cloud Connect.
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