I can remember installing Doom on one of my first computers. I recall opening the box and being showered in something to the tune of fifteen 1.44 megabyte floppy disks. Technology has come a long way since then. The 16 gigabyte thumb drive on my key chain, for example, has the same capacity as 11,377 of those floppy disks, which is a nice improvement!
With that increased storage capacity comes the potential for huge sums of data that may be absolutely critical to the function of a business. A network attached storage device at home might hold thousands of songs or priceless pictures of your kids when they were young, with boogers all over their faces because they’re kids — and kids do boogers, or at least mine do. If you’re like my wife you won’t survive the loss of those snotty pictures, and if you’re like many businesses you might be up a very scary creek if you lose your data.
Data backup is another measure of insurance and most people get that. For the home user with all the boogers, just about any form of backup will do and even online backup solutions are pretty inexpensive from less than $50 per year on up — depending on how many boogers you need to backup. For a business, this question becomes a little more complex.
Simply backing your data up to a tape drive that sounds like the Mars Rover might seem like a good inexpensive idea, but how long would it take your IT staff or provider to fully restore your functionality from a tape backup? Can you afford to be down that long? What if that 1970s era technology failed to live up to your demands — which if you have any demands at all, it will probably fail to live up to them. Businesses now need to ask themselves how much data loss can they endure and how long can they be without that data before the boss starts looking for heads or a liquidator?
If you can’t lose even a day’s worth of work, your backups will need to happen multiple times daily. If you can’t wait all day for that data or server to come back online, you’ve moved from needing backups into business continuity solutions. Have a chat with your favorite IT provider for the hands on approach. Backups are potentially one of the most important elements to your business’ security.
Steve Cerocke, founder/president of IQ Systems Inc. of Reno, can be reached at 775-352-2301, ext. 1001, or email@example.com.