Can You Answer These 5 Crucial Questions About Your Data Backup?
Of any solution that might help your business out of a jam, a data backup is possibly the most important. However, a backup is only as reliable as it is configured to be. To ensure your backup is optimized to your business’ needs, we’ve compiled a few questions to ask as you examine your backup solution.
Is the right data being backed up?
In order to determine this, identify what data your business needs to function and what data is effectively irreplaceable. This should be your first priority to preserve against potential data loss. Consider what data your business simply could not do without and make sure that data is preserved. Once that is protected, determine the next highest priority, and so on.
How often is data being backed up?
In the interest of not losing progress, a backup should be taken as often as possible. Ideally, an automatic incremental backup would be taken as often as every fifteen minutes. This way, your data loss is minimized, allowing you to continue with your day with as little interruption as possible.
How long does it take to restore your data?
While many backups have traditionally taken hours or even days to complete before productivity could be resumed, those days are in the past. With today’s technology, your files can be run directly off the backup as the data is being restored. This effectively puts you back in business almost immediately, minimizing the ill effects of data loss on your productivity.
Is your data being backed up properly?
When backing up files in a workplace, the originals should not be located on an individual workstation. Instead, files should be saved to a centralized network, which itself should backed up. That way, a malfunctioning workstation won’t cost you critical data.
Is your backup secure?
This may be the most crucial consideration you make when backing up. After all, having an insecure backup is no better than having no backup at all. 67.2% of data loss in businesses is due to hacking. Your data needs to be encrypted before it is stored in an offsite location in order to ensure it is protected and safe from an event that affects your place of business.
A reliable backup solution is one of the most important things that a business can implement. Network Management, Inc. can help you put a backup solution in place that meets all five of these considerations. To get started, call (703) 848-9000 today.