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  • Published 01 Sep 2016

    Are you backing up your data? We bet you’ve heard that question before! In fact if you’ve read many of our previous blogs you’ll appreciate it’s a topic we are passionate about.

    The simple fact is – your data is valuable, whether it’s your customer database, company accounts, marketing literature or any other information you produce. In today’s world – your company is data! As we’ve said before, just stop for a minute and consider the implications of losing all your company data. Would your business be able to continue functioning at full capacity? Our prediction would be a definite ‘NO’! From our vast experience trying to help companies recover from data loss, it can take many weeks, and in some unfortunate cases the business can never recover.

    That’s why we are frequently amazed that companies don’t have a robust and tested back up routine. They often rely on outdated technologies and/or run a routine which is never actually tested. Yes, we’ve seen examples of company data which is religiously backed up every day except, when the data is restored, it’s not actually correct! Meaning the whole data back-up routine was a complete waste of time and resources.

    We also know that there are a number of companies out there offering inadequate back-up solutions – or solutions which don’t fit the needs of a company. So once again you feel safe in the knowledge that you’re data is being fully backed up, when in effect the data isn’t held for long enough or certain files are not being backed-up at all.

    If you are in a position where you do have a company backing up your valuable data – why not set them a little undisclosed challenge?

    This is something we call ‘The Backup Game’ – and it’s a way of testing the validity and suitability of your current back-up provider.

    Here’s how to play:

    1. Today – Create a Word document, save it on your file server and make a note of its name and location.
    2. Tomorrow – Delete the file from the server.
    3. In one month’s time – Call your IT/back-up company and ask them to recover the file for you.

    If the company cannot recover your file then we’d suggest they are not providing an adequate service. Files should be able to be recovered for at least a month from the date they were deleted/removed.
    So why not give it a go and put your existing provider to the test – and if they fail then consider giving us a call as we can and will provide a service that’s right for you.

    Remember, NEVER put your data at risk – it’s just not worth the gamble. Back-up and disaster recovery options should be in place well before any problems can occur. In the event of hardware failure you should be able to get your business back up and running again as quickly as possible and you can only achieve this through a professional ‘tried and trusted’ back-up routine.

    We can guarantee that our back-up solutions give you all the functionality and protection you can possibly need, and this is evidenced by the hundreds of companies who rely on us to protect their data. We have a wealth of experience in this area, and we’ve got our clients back up and running after a disaster in a matter of hours on many occasions.

    Give us a call today, we’d be happy to chat through our back-up/disaster recovery options with you.