The Importance of Data Backup

cropImagine going through your daily morning routine. Wake up, brew some coffee, get dressed and head to work. When you get there, you turn on your computer only to find it turns right back off. When you try to reboot, nothing happens. Your hard drive is done.

This is happens more than you would think. In fact, according to Symantec’s 2013 report, “47% of enterprises lost data and had to restore their information from backups.” And, “60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of their disaster.”  This is the exact reason why you need to back up your data. Without it, all of your work stored on your computer would be gone right when your computer caves in.

There are now two primary ways to backup your data. These include onsite backup or the cloud. Like anything else, there are some advantages and disadvantages to both types.

Backing up your data onsite is just that-a room full of hard drives store all of your information from your computers into one place. But, onsite backup does have some risks. The first being natural disasters. If something happens to your office such as a flood or fire, your information is automatically lost. Security is also another issue in which onsite backup methods can fail. If your data is stolen, it no longer exists. However, there are benefits to onsite back up. These benefits include fast recovery, storage being only added when needed, and a technician manually controls it.

On the contrary, the cloud method has become very popular recently due to a couple of reasons. It is an easy way to keep data stored without the dangers of it being physically onsite. The cloud backup is a “strategy for backing up data that involves sending a copy of the data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server.” In other words, it’s a storage unit in the clouds. Some of the benefits to this include its ability to store information without being physically onsite, a lower cost, and a more secure method. However, some of the negatives to this method include its lack of hands on use which can lead to security issues and speed (depending on how much data is stored).

Like any other decision, looking into the pros and cons of a either side is very important. But, more specifically, it is essential to backup your data. No one wants to start the day with a hard drive crash. It can only lead to a mental breakdown.

It is important to understand what options  St. Louis area businesses have when it comes to data backup. If you have further questions or would like to know how Tecvar can help your business please don’t hesitate to contact us.