Data is vital to all individuals and businesses at large. It ought to be protected from loss and also ensure quick access when needed and recovery in case of loss. That’s why its needs to be backed up. For small business, it couldn’t be big problem as they may not have much data to store hence it’s easy to backup and update from time to time.
What to consider before choosing a backup for your data
- That the Data Backup alternative chosen adequately satisfies your storage need interns of space and amount of data to store.
- The safety of your data; that it is free from hackers and anyone who may steal the data and use it to blackmail you, for industrial espionage or release to competitors.
- The backup is available when needed; causing no delays to any operation in your business.
- The backed up data is always up to date. Make it your duty to always keep up to date data. For growing businesses someone can be assigned to do the job.
Back up alternatives for small businesses
External hard disk drives
Small business could conveniently use them to back up data. They store up large amount of data and could be easily carried along or stored at an accessible place to facilitate updates and access to any vital data that could be needed. The owner has complete control of who can access the data hence any leak can be easily traced. The devices also ensure privacy of the data is maintained due to the limited access. However, their cons include; the device may suffer from failures that may result in data loss, costing the organization to recover the data or even delay operations, may be expensive to purchase and it is time consuming to save data in the device.
Use of network back up
It’s a reliable place to back up data and it also makes it easy to use; as it’s available in the network, making it accessible to all in the organization using the data. This also makes it easy to update the data; each party, playing different roles in the organization, who may make additions to the data. They are then responsible for making it available to all and backing it up too.
Pros; it enables sharing between networks, it consolidates your networks; in case you have more and it enables efficient working.
It has its cons too; it works with specific operating system, in case of failure it may be so costly to the business, it requires more backup hence it’s hard to entirely rely on it and it’s expensive to install.
Use of cloud backup
It’s the most reliable mode of back up to use more so for those that work both in the office and from home. The cloud allows you access to the data from which ever place you are and doesn’t need to be proximal to the premises. It’s also easy and fast to use, saves data in seconds and enables data recovery in case of loss or deletion within a short time; it’s reliable. The cloud however requires internet connection to backup and access your data and privacy is not guaranteed as many people access the cloud.