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Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You!

Kimberli Bowman - Saturday, March 17, 2012

One of the most essential and commonly overlooked components of any computer network, whether it’s a home network or small business network, is data backup. People spend countless hours managing their digital lives, i.e. creating and organizing digital photo albums, tagging and organizing a music collection, creating and archiving important documents. It’s only a matter of time before that hard drive that contains all of that irreplaceable content takes an electronic dirt nap and crashes. If you don’t have your content backed up, it could cost you thousands of dollars to have a data recovery service attempt to retrieve your content from the failed drive. Furthermore, they are not always successful.

 

There has been a recent explosion in the online backup market, and the cost of implementing a secure, safe and easy-to-use offsite backup program has dropped to the price of a few cheeseburgers. Since there are now so many online backup service providers to choose from, there are some key aspects a customer should be aware of before purchasing a backup solution:

 

Capabilities of the provider:  Does the provider offer adequate bandwidth for you to retrieve your files in a timely manner when it’s time to restore? Do they offer to overnight you a copy of your files via external hard drive? If you have a server at your business, do they have System State, Microsoft Exchange and SQL database backup and restore capability?

 

  • Ease of use:  Does the provider’s software automate the process and allow you to easily setup a backup schedule? Does it allow you to easily navigate and manage your backed up files? Is it able to provide automatic incremental backups?
  • Restore functionality: Does the software allow you to occasionally test the process to ensure it’s in working order? Does it offer encryption to safeguard your private data while it traverses the internet? Are they insured?
  • Finally, keep in mind that not all backup solution providers store your data permanently.  It has been our experience that less expensive providers are usually cheaper for a reason.

 

If you have any questions or would like more information on setting up a turnkey backup solution on your home or office network, please contact a Byte Time Computing technician today at (281) 757-9721.