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How reliable are your backups?

How reliable are your backups?
Cassandra Ball | 29-07-16

Let’s play a game. Make a list of all the important files within your system, all the documents that your business couldn't run without. Now, what would you do if all those documents were to vanish?

If you have been running frequent backups, you would tell me “There is nothing to worry about, I'll just restore the data from my last backup".  At this point the nightmare scenario ends for them. Although I bet there are a fare few of you that are now looking away sheepishly thinking something along the lines of "well I'd be stuffed and then probably mounted". 

The biggest problem with a backup system is how often they're forgotten or neglected; which will seem absolutely benign, until something catastrophic happens to your business. They are the tireless soldiers working silently in the background, preparing your company for the worst. Unlike a Vaccine, treating your backups like a onetime thing, wiping your hands of it and hope for the best isn't going to work. Like any other form of maintenance; The key to a successful set of backups you can firmly trust, is frequency.

It's not just your data that can be at danger; Your business reputation could be in jeopardy.

Back in the day backups were used just to protect data. In the event that a computer failed you would have to reload the operating system, reinstall all the programs, configure it and then reload your data. If running off a server this process could take 2 days to get it back to where it was before the failure.

Now I don’t want to jump to conclusions here, but I doubt any business could withstand 2 days’ downtime. Especially working in a highly delicate or competitive industry; where a reputation for reliability and delivering your service on time is as important as the quality of the product or service you provide.

Thankfully, this scenario remains a poignant fiction, but the message it holds is worth your consideration. Here at Qbit, we can create standby servers so that in the event of a hardware failure or virus on your main server, your business activity can be continued and data recovered within a moment’s notice. This also allows for quick and easy recovery of those accidentally deleted files or folders.

Don’t leave backups until it’s too late, contact Qbit.


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