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Disaster Recovery for Small Business
An effective disaster recovery plan is a must for all businesses today.
How much does your business rely on a computer? If you are one of the many small business owners that has taken business online in recent years, the answer will be a lot!
No matter what type of business you operate – virtual or otherwise, the need for computers is great. Running a business on paper in this day and age is no longer practical, it is labour intensive and time-consuming – two things that small businesses can ill-afford to be. Computers offer convenience and efficiency which is why we have all come to rely on them so much; but with that reliance comes trust. We put so much trust in our PCs and Macs to safely store our data for easy access. However, if there is one thing we should learn never to do with electronic items, it is trust them.
For 99.9% of the time our computers run like clockwork. We switch them on at 9 AM every day and run them for eight to ten hours without any problems. But – like many electrical products – deep within the PC lies that 0.1% chance of failure, a breakdown when you least expect it.
A broken computer may mean that you cannot work; however, that is only a small part of the problem. You can always get a new computer, or even go to the library and use theirs. What you cannot do though is access all of your data. If your computer dies, your data generally dies with it and that spells disaster for a business.
Getting a disaster recovery plan
As a small business owner, your files are your livelihood, lose them and you lose food from the table. You can never fully rely on a local drive to protect your data, so it is imperative that you have a disaster recovery plan in place.
A disaster recovery plan does not mean bomb proofing your computer in the event of a freak storm or meteor shower, it simply means taking steps to back up your data. The traditional way of doing this would be to carry out a tape backup; however, this method is flawed and besides, we now live the world of the cloud – an online backup service that keeps your data nicely secured on a remote server so that it can be accessed immediately from anywhere, at any time and on any new hardware.
With Cloud Online Backup, you can back up all of your office computers and servers, instantly view and access files online, and monitor backups on the web whenever you need to. You can even sync files between PC and Mac if you fancy a change of operating system!
Every penny counts when you run your own business, which is why data backup is essential. Do not risk everything you have worked so hard for by trusting your computer, get in touch with ITWiser about our Cloud Online Backup service today.