Watch our short video guide, introducing you to the basics of online backup:
An Ever Present Threat
We all know that data loss can be the cause of devastating issues for business of all sizes, with potentially crippling after effects. You could have heard about it on the news or online, had it happened to someone you know or maybe even have suffered from it yourself.
Think if you’ve ever lost a lot of family photos from your camera or computer and how bad it felt when you realised, you’d lost them for good – wishing you’d copied them over to your computer beforehand. The same thing applies to your business’ data.
The worst part of data loss is that it can happen at any time, to anyone without any warning. Have you ever given any thought to what would happen to your business if you were hit by unexpected data loss? In a best-case scenario, it can be frustrating, and in a worst-case scenario the results can be devastating – particularly if you’re business is dependent on that data, like databases of customer information or internal resources used by yourself or staff regularly.
Imagine the potential cost, not just monetary, but the potentially considerable time it would take to get back to your current point. Would your downtime cause new customers not to be able to use you? Or maybe existing customers might leave because they need the service regularly?
There is a solution that can prevent all of this and is quite simple.
Backup your data!
Backing up your data on a regular basis should be part of any business’, no matter the size, standard operating procedure and is one of the best ways of protecting your business’ data. This can be particularly important for small businesses where all your data could be stored on one machine or server.
So, what exactly is backup?
Well the basic concept of it is creating a copy of whatever data you want to protect and storing it in a different location to the original, this acts a level of additional security and means that if the original is lost or damaged in some way you can restore back to that version you saved. This could be, on the simplest of levels, just keeping copies of things on a external hard drive. Of course, with an increased scale, frequency and importance of data comes more complications in infrastructure needed – which can often be too time-consuming or out of your area of expertise. This is where fully managed backup service providers, like us, come in to play.
Data loss can come from a variety of sources including:
- – Corruption
- – Viruses/Malware
- – Accidental Loss/Damage
- – Malicious Loss/Damage
- – Theft
- – Floods/Fires etc.
Businesses like us provide services to keep your data securely for you, we have the infrastructure and security measures in place to ensure that your data remains safe and sound. Advancements in internet services mean online backup can now be used as one of the best options for protecting your data uploading your data directly via the internet to a cloud or server which then allows for access and restores from anywhere.
Online backup is particularly useful for defending your business from all of these. A couple of shocking stats for you: according to Iron Mountain, data loss has increased by 400% since 2012. Also according to Boston Computing, 60% of business who have experienced data loss shut down within 6 months after. Scary stuff.
Backing up your data is easy. But forgetting to backup is also just as easy. At HA Hosting we’ll ensure your data is safe, so you can focus on running your business.
Got a Question?
If you have any questions about how online backup could be used to benefit your business or anything else that we could help with just give us a shout and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!