Are You Backing Up Your Data? Here’s Why You Should

Is this how you back up your data? You may need an upgrade.

Sixty percent of small businesses that lose their data go bankrupt because of that data loss. To recreate this data from scratch would cost anywhere from $2000 to $8000 per megabyte. Why go through the trouble, and take the risks, when the solution is as easy as backing up your valuable data?

“Have the peace of mind that your data is secure,” said Dinesh Rao, Business Unit Manager for Small Businesses at Intel Home Storage. “It should be a no brainer.”

Rao said that small and medium-sized businesses are realizing the value of a good storage system, as the market is expected to grow 40 percent in the next five years. Intel not only provides this excellent storage system, but also offers a lot of value added services, such as encryption and data compression.

“There is a roadmap of solutions,” Rao said, “from energy efficient systems to storage efficiency to optimal performance.”

For example, a business could choose to back up all their information to the cloud or choose a hybrid solution with some information on the cloud and some on a server. What a business would need depends on specific preferences: whether or not to keep the data on site, how much control to have over the data, and how much future data the business wants to prepare for.

Rao suggested that a two-tiered solution is best, where the information is backed up both on the cloud and on a server. In case anything happens to one set of back up data, there’s another set ready to go. Rao also advises against backing  up the data yourself with an external hard drive or multiple CDs.

“You have to manually do it and that can get complicated,” Rao said. “Or you can buy a network and grow with your needs.”

Investing in a storage system, or outsourcing your data backup, is just one way to clear out that digital clutter that sits on your desktop and in the deep corners of a computer’s hard drive. A home server/network storage device such as the services offered by Intel Home Storage can be used to file, organize and protect everything digital, including photos, movies, music, tax records, homework and recipes. Unlike back-up hard drives and other storage devices, home servers/network storage devices have the added benefit of Internet connectivity which makes it easier to share the data, access it from any place at any time, and organize it into a manageable system.


About Allison Midori Reilly

Allison Midori Reilly is the CEO and Founder of Stirring Media, LLC. Stirring Media, LLC is a content marketing and news production firm that provides content marketing and business blogging services to the small business market. Prior to that, she was a freelance writer, who was published in over a dozen print and online publications, such as, American City & County,, Transport Topics and St. Louis Commerce Magazine. In her spare time, Reilly is an active member of Amnesty International as well as an avid poker player.

  • Cory @BayAreaTech

    Data backup is MUCH cheaper than data recovery services!