World Backup Day- March 31st

March 31st is World Backup Day!  This is a reminder for you to back up your photos, files and data.  30% of users have never backed up.  Whether it is a hard drive crash or a virus infecting your computer, the loss of your data can be devastating.  Some photos just can’t be replaced.  Having a backup copy (or two) is always a good idea.

  • For the data on your home PC, there are affordable options available. For example, some options include Dropbox, OneDrive, or a portable hard drive.  These can be utilized for backup, but are not immune to virus or malware infections. It is not recommended to use a thumb drive for backing up your files as they are not as stable and easier to lose. Save the thumb drive for transfers. Burning your data onto a CD or DVD is ok, but they are outdated and can be damaged if not stored properly.
  • For your business needs, there are several types of options available. In general, due to the threat of viruses and malware, businesses should not rely on a portable hard drive alone to back up their data. If that hard drive fails or becomes infected, there is a good likelihood that the data that your business relies upon to function will be lost. Having a cloud-based backup solution that can clean your files of all viruses and malware would be ideal.

Cloud Backup

Cloud backup can be broken down into 3 general types:  file-based, image-based and virtualized servers. File-based backups will back up the individual files and folders, but not the programs on your computer. Image-based backups will take a “snapshot” of your computer’s files, folders and programs and can restore them in their entirety. Virtualized servers can operate your network while in place of your in-house server in case of an emergency. However, this tends to sacrifice the speed of your network. 

The decision on which type of backup to use comes down to your budget and your tolerance for downtime. If your server goes down with a file-based system, the operating system and programs will need to be loaded back on the server separately along with the restoration of the files.  This means your server might be down for many hours or sometimes, a few days. With an image based system, everything will be reloaded at once including the programs. Usually you are up and running in anywhere from a half-hour to a few hours. In contrast, with virtualized servers, you are likely only down for a few minutes at the most. 

Virtualized servers are great for enterprise level businesses, emergency services and/or medical offices that cannot afford downtime. Conversely, small to Medium sized businesses that can tolerate a little downtime would be better served by file-based backup or image-based backup. 

At A Better Choice Network Solutions, we will help you select the best solution for your needs.  Whatever you do, remember to back-up your files to protect your data! 

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