The importance of data backup

No business wants to spend unnecessary money or create needless overheads. So when it comes to backups, management’s first question is often: “Why do we need backups?”

The simple answer is that the majority of firms store crucial company data on computers systems. These systems can have weaknesses, or they can even crash because of physical disasters, software failure or third-party interference.

Physical disasters

A flood, fire, or similar kind of natural disaster can wipe out all your most important business data, forever. Without backups, even the simple theft of a storage device, such as a hard drive, might cause major data loss.

Another risk is hardware failure. Given enough time, just about every piece of hardware will fail, and if that hardware stored your debtors’ list and you have no backups, it could ruin your business.

Software failure

We’ve all been there: our favourite software brings out an update that corrupts or fails to update vital data files. Without backups, there might be no way to recover those files.

Third party interference

Research shows that around 29% of enterprises that become victims of cyber-attacks or data breaches lose revenue. Almost 40% of them lose more than 20% of total revenue. Their brand reputation and customer loyalty also suffer. Computer viruses and other malware can cause similar havoc.

Backup options

Among many small firms, local backups are very popular. They store their backups on tape drives, hard drives, or other storage devices. If these devices are in the same location as the original computer, though, the same physical disaster, cyber-attack, or virus that destroyed their original files could also wipe out the backups.

Other SME’s use online backup systems, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. While these are better than no backups, limitations on automated backups, file versions, limited folders etc., make them far from ideal.

Cloud backup has become the preferred choice of many SMEs. A good cloud-based backup system allows you to store as many file versions as you need, and to make automated backups of your complete system with all its folders on a regular basis.

A vital question to ask here is, how fast can a particular cloud backup system get your files restored? Every minute without data can cost you not only lost revenue, but also customers.

The GCC Data Vault is a managed backup service that offers automatic and comprehensive cloud backups powered by Microsoft Azure data centres and created by GCC Cloud Services. It provides reliable, yet simple data protection with a cloud-based backup and restore service. It guarantees 99.9% availability, and backups are carried out automatically, at regular intervals, and according to pre-defined rules. The system can handle as many as three daily backups and data can be retained for as long as 99 years.

The data is completely secure because it is encrypted, both at rest and in transit. Data storage options of up to 54 TB for each device are obtainable, and three different geographical areas are available where copies of your data can be stored.

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