What was the first expletive you said when your computer crashed and you realized that you might have lost everything? I’m not sure that I know anybody that has NEVER gone through the misery of a computer failure. I’m also not sure I have ever heard anybody say, “Oh, that wasn’t so bad.”
Actually, I’m positive I have never heard that.
Just in the last few months, I have had more than a couple friends and colleagues deal with their computer crashing. Also, ransomware and computer viruses have been on the rise and in the news lately, and unless you pay the ransom, you might as well consider that a total loss.
When it happens, I bet you won’t give a damn HOW your computer crashed. All you know is you’re screwed. If you’re one of the lucky few, maybe the hard drive is recoverable, but again….good luck with that. Even worse, if you lost or had your laptop stolen, you’re only going to feel worse about it.
If you use your computer for anything more than trolling social media sites and watching online videos, the information on your computer is worth more to you (and your business) than the computer itself. If you’re not sure about that, take stock of everything you have saved on your hard drive. It will surprise you.
Alright, if your computer crashes, your new mission is to get back up and running as soon as possible. After all, you’ve gotta get back to work. Obviously, that’s the “recovery” part of Disaster Recovery. When you get your new computer in front of you, the first question is when was the last time that you performed a computer backup of your files? The next question – where did you backup your files? Hopefully the “when” hasn’t been too long ago, and hopefully, you know where you saved those files from your latest computer backup.
Keep in mind it isn’t just about finding a copy of your files (that aren’t too old), but also getting everything back in the right place so you can work as you did before. Even if you are a solo entrepreneur, it is important to have even a minimal recovery plan in case the misfortune of data loss ever happens. The more people on your team, the higher the importance of that plan. The time you spend recovering can be quite costly to your business if you can’t bring it all back together quickly and easily.
Cost to Benefit
Larger capacity thumb drives and external hard drives have made it easy to spend a few minutes to make a copy of the most important files. I know many folks that religiously back up to their thumb drives daily without fail. External drives are extremely cheap and replaceable, and they can be kept anyplace.
Even though making a copy of your files to an external drive is relatively good and cheap, it’s hard to be sure that you got everything, and it’s easy to forget to make a copy of your files on an “early and often” basis.
Cloud Backups foster even more convenience and coverage than external drives, and we are seeing more tools, such as Managed Backup Service apps that routinely perform a computer backup of ALL your data consistently to a secured offsite facility. Even if backing up to the cloud costs a little more than external drives, the consistency and reliability outweigh that cost.
Security has often been a concern about storing files online, and cloud storage providers employ best available security infrastructure for their cloud networks. Even with that said, the cloud backup tools add extra layers of encryption for additional end-to-end-to-end (backup-to-storage-to-recovery) security. Somebody walking off with a thumb drive is very easy while walking off with encrypted files from encrypted storage is actually very complicated.
CYA 24/7 (Cover Your Ass 24/7)
Here’s where the value of a Managed Backup Service (MBS) comes in…you’re not on your own. The “managed” part of that means you will have help in setting up the computer backup service to make sure ALL your files are getting backed up early and often. It also means you will have help restoring your files if needed. A good MBS will enable you to have a hybrid-cloud backup with multiple layers of redundancy and security. Having the right computer backup plan and the right tools will keep you covered and will help you recover quicker from your next computer crash or malware attack.
By keeping your data properly stored and backed up, you can avoid catastrophic loss of time and money. Learn more about our cloud backup solutions and how your business can better use the technologies available to you, please contact us!