We can implement backup solutions for businesses of all sizes.
Keeping regular backups is critically important to the health of your business.
What would you do if your company’s data was lost due to natural disaster, theft or human error? Insurance might cover the cost of damaged or stolen equipment, but it can’t recover data. That might mean you lose your databases, customer records, documents, spreadsheets, and more.
Backups are an essential part of any IT system. With a good backup system in place, running regularly and saving data to a secure, reliable storage location, your company’s data will survive any disaster.
We’ll work with you to recommend and implement a good backup plan.
Please contact us to find out more.
What backup options are available?
Local backups use two or more high-capacity external hard drives which are swapped out regularly.
The inactive drives should be kept in a safe place offsite to provide physical protection against damage that might occur in your office (eg. fire or flooding).
- Inexpensive, can store lots of data
- Internet connection not required
- Backups can be stored offsite
- Most secure method for confidential data
Cloud backups synchronise as soon as changes are saved. This is ideal for fast-paced businesses who need real-time data protection, where loss of a few hours’ work is unacceptable.
In many cases, Cloud sync can also be configured on phones, tablets and other mobile devices, so you can work from any device – and if you lose your device, you won’t lose your data.
- Files synchronise as soon as changes are saved
- Can be configured on a wide range of devices
- Does not require a file server or local shared folders
- Ideal for small files with frequent updates
RAID mirroring is a type of storage technique in which data in a PC or server is written to two or more internal hard disks simultaneously, instead of just one.
Each disk contains a full copy of all data which can be used to quickly restore the machine to working order.
- Protects against disk failure in mission-critical machines
- Recommended for servers and NAS drives (Network Attached Storage)
- Does not require an internet connection
- Can be used in conjunction with Local or Cloud backups
“If my hard drive fails, couldn’t I simply hire a specialist to recover the data?”
It’s true – after a hard drive has been damaged, broken or erased, it is often possible to recover data using specialist tools & software.
But these services are prohibitively expensive (from hundreds to thousands of pounds) with no guarantee that the files you need the most are still intact and uncorrupted.