Backup your lifeline

Aug 14, 2017 IT Support

This write up is about backups.  Over the years we have seen a lot of issues come up and many of them ended up needing a restore from a backup.  Many people just assume they are backing their computer/data up.  Hopefully after reading this page, you will think about a few things and make sure your backups are working.

You may need to recover from any variety of things such as: ransomware, disaster, human error, hardware failure, or malware/viruses.

One of the hot topics everyone is talking about is getting hit with a Ransomware virus.  This virus will come to your home or business in many different ways and this is a whole other topic at a later date.  When it does it encrypts all important files and demands money in the form of bit coins to unlock your files.  If you are already asking what is a bit coin you definitely do not want this to impact you or your business.

Disasters anything that can destroy something, often of no fault of your own.  Examples: weather, fire, floods, earthquakes, you get the idea.  The reason I decided to write this article on July 30, 2017 a big fire broke out in Brookfield, Wisconsin that completely destroyed a business building, along with all businesses inside.  Imagine if that was your building and all your records were on your server or in paper files.  Now imagine how would you recover this information, what if you cannot recover this information?  I am sure you have some type of backup, but is it attached to the server?

Backups can save the day, there are many different factors you need to consider when thinking about a backup plan:

  • Amount of data being backed up
  • Do you have any industry regulations you must adhere to: PCI, HIPAA, SOX, etc
  • Speed of recovery
  • How many devices do you want to backup
  • What if there is a disaster in my business or my home
  • Are you being alerted on your backup status

 

Depending on your answers, will depend on the best course of action(s) to take.  The price for recovery goes up by the speed you need to recover, how much data you need to recover, and do you want backups off-site.  Having your files off-site allows you to restore files from anywhere to any device.

Some questions to ask about your existing backup:

  • Am I or my IT company receiving update statuses on my backups?
  • If going to cloud, how reliable is the company?
  • If you have regulations am I in compliance?
  • Should a disaster happen and my building is accessible, can I get at any backups?
  • Am I backing up anything other than the server(s), should I?

 

No one solution is the best and every IT company will tell you their solution is the best, but you want to make sure you ask questions and know your data is safe.

If you have any questions or would like to talk to DK Systems about backups let contact us.  We would love to discuss your various options.

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