No-Data-Backup Horror Stories

Data backup is so important for businesses but many businesses back up businesses two ways:
1. No back up
2. Or their backup is not backed up.
Business Week writes Sun Capital Partners’ headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., lost electrical power twice because of hurricanes Francis and Jean. The first storm sidelined the private-equity company’s 65 local employees for more than three days, and the second shut down the office for a day and a half. Because the entire firm stored all its electronic data in the Boca Raton office, the outages also affected its New York City, Los Angeles, and London offices.
In another example BW writes Anna Yen, general manager of San Francisco-based Lasso Logic, left her laptop computer locked in the bottom drawer of her desk over a weekend in late February, only to return on Monday to find that burglars had struck. “They’d found the key, which I had left in the top drawer, and taken my laptop and some CDs,” she says. “When I took a look around, I noticed they had also taken our backup device, a little box that sits on our network. Then I started to panic.”
When backing up your business data it’s important to not simply back it up but back it up the right way.
One thing you need to know is how fast do you need your data. If you can back up data once a day and send it to an off site storage facility that’s fine. But if you need the data can you wait 2 – 3 days to get it? If your data changes minute by minute, backing your data up once per day is not good – you’d need a solution that can back it up with each change.
There’s many things to consider when considering a back up solution and I highly encourage you to consult with your technology consultant to have a proper solution put in place.
An ideal solution is a local back up solution that backs up all your client and server data and a solution that stores everything off site, via the Internet on a daily basis. This way you can reach your data anywhere in the world.
Lastly, make sure you backed up data is not near your physical business address. If the power goes out in your city, that means you’ll most likely have problems getting your backed up data even if you go to another city, because your backed up data will be in the affected location.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook