data backup

What is data backup and why is it important?

If you’re like the majority of small business owners, then you’ve probably asked yourself this question before.

What is data backup?

However, you can’t exactly talk about what data backup is without addressing why it’s important for your business.

First and foremost, what is data backup?

Let’s go ahead and answer this question first, mostly because it’s a relatively easy question to answer. Even if you are surprised by how much there is to consider.

Simply put, when you back up your data, you duplicate it. This can be a virtual duplication or even a physical duplication. But either way, the idea is that you make a copy of your data, so that if anything happens to it, you still have something to come back to.

For example, say you did make a backup of a physical document. Basically, you could photocopy the document and store the original in your desk and the copy in the filing cabinet at the back of the building.

The idea is that you store the data (or document) in two separate locations. So let’s pretend that your desk erupts in flames and everything on or in it is destroyed. Since you duplicated that document and stored it in a filing cabinet at the back of the building, it’s not lost to you forever.

However, things start to get tricky once you begin to consider documents or data that are updated continuously. At this point, how you implement your backup solution makes a huge difference.

For example, say your backup solution only takes virtual snapshots of your data every 24 hours (in other words, it only makes duplicates once every day). In this case, if your servers crash and take your data down with them in the process, then your team would (in the best case scenario) lose one full day of work. That’s not exactly ideal, is it?

To alleviate this concern, many MSPs can provide a backup solution that takes virtual snapshots of all or only some of your data every 15 minutes.

Much better, right?

Okay, okay … but why is data backup important?

Well, this question was sort of already addressed. So you see that the why and the how of data backup are tied together very closely.

If you consider the 24-hour backup solution versus the 15-minute backup solution, there’s a big difference in how much data will be lost and how much re-working will be necessary. However, each situation is significantly better than having no backup solution at all.

If you have no backup solution in place and something happens to your data, your company might not have the ability to regain full operations. And if that isn’t possible, your business might not last very much longer.

But a data backup disaster doesn’t just mean your hardware fails on you. It could also be the direct result of ransomware, accidents, angry employees, a lost device, and much more. When it comes to lost, stolen, or corrupted data, the possibilities are truly endless.

That’s why it’s important to know that you have options. To ensure the future of your business and to make sure that you have what it takes to protect your company’s most valuable asset, you need a professional and advanced backup solution. To learn more about what this means for your business, feel free to send us a message. We’d love to chat.