Are You Making These 3 Common And Costly Mistakes With Your Online Data Backups?

Offsite backups have been touted in the past few years as the answer to everyone’s bad habit of not doing backups. Once signed up for an online service it’s easy to ‘set it and forget it;’ but too many business owners don’t know what they are buying and end up paying a lot more than they should. They also end up shocked when they discover they weren’t backing up the right files or that they can’t restore the files as quickly as they had hoped.

From tax records to client information, your data is essential to running your business. When it's lost because of an unanticipated natural disaster or even worse, theft, you need to make sure you can recover that data so your business can continue to thrive and grow without losing clients.

Data backup and recovery is the most important service you could ever sign up for. Reliable Information Technology specializes in computer, data, and hard drive backup, as well as system recovery. We use a unique system that backs up all of your domain and server information and stores it in a dissimilar server off site so that you can always re-access your data quickly.

With our data backup and recovery services you can:

  • Plan For Unexpected Issues – They happen to everyone, and they can happen at any time. Take preventative measures today.
  • Safeguard And Defend Your Business – Reliable Information Technology protects your data, network, and systems from hacking or virus threats so you can focus on growing your business.
  • Stop Waiting For Recovery – When your network does go down and data is lost, we'll have it back for you in no time.

If you want to make sure you don’t get burned by your online backup, avoid these 3 common mistakes:

Mistake #1: Not choosing an online backup service that offers a file versioning feature. In the old days of tape backups when a proper tape rotation was used, it would be possible to go back to a specific version of a file from different time periods. In other words it was possible to restore a spreadsheet you worked on last night and three weeks ago.

Most online backup services only back up the last version of a file; so make sure you choose one that features file versioning and configure it for 60-90 days of versioning on files that are frequently used.

Mistake #2: Backing up everything. In most cases, only data files need to be backed up. Some business owners accidently select their whole server and/or computer when beginning the process and end up paying to back up files and programs that do not need to be copied. This can lead to exponentially higher monthly charges with no added benefit. It’s often best to have a professional help you set up your backup criteria the first time to make sure you’re not missing files or data that might be buried a few levels deep—or backing up unnecessary files.

Mistake #3:  Not having a local backup. Online backup services are great as a daily backup and eliminate the headache of changing tapes, disks, etc. However, if you only have an online backup, it can take a few hours to a few days to fully download your data back onto your server. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a current local backup using inexpensive hard disks or other mediums. Aside from being able to retrieve data a lot more quickly from your local backup, it can make the process of rebuilding an entire system a lot faster and less painful.

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Call us now and ask about our “Enterprise Type Back-Up Solutions”: 847-348-3381.

You’ll sleep easier at night AND save yourself a TON of cash, guaranteed!

Regardless of your business size, you need dependable data backup and recovery in Chicago. Reliable Information Technology can provide that.