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#5 Managed Backup Services

Managed Backup

Want a quick rundown on what Managed Backup is and how it can potentially help your business? Then Watch out short video guide below!

Backup for a Second

Recognising that you need a backup to secure your business’ data is fantastic! This is the first step to securing your data. Perhaps now you’re thinking over the various types of backups we’ve gone over before and how they’d best be implemented into your business.

However, unless you know what you’re doing, configuring a backup can be very complicated. There is a risk of your data still not being protected properly.

This is where the option of Managed Backup comes into play.

How Valuable is Your Data?

It’s likely only you will know what data is important and integral to your business. Unless you have a great deal of experience of configuring backup software, we recommend that you work with someone who does have that experience, when setting up your backup.

It’s important that your backup is configured correctly in order to be confident your data is being kept safe. We’ve seen cases in the past where customers have had their backup sat there for months or years – without realising that it is not working. By the time that they find out that it’s not working, they need it. At that point it is already too late.

The Right Person for the Job

Would you rather you had someone do it who’s done it once or someone who’s done it a hundred times? The people that will know the software is nearly always going to be the backup provider. So get them to set it up for you based on your data requirements.

This is important as your data’s security depends on it!

Anyone can learn how to configure a backup, but do you want them to be learning with your data? Once it is setup, remember to run regular data restore tests. Or even better get the people managing your backup to do it for you!

Managed Online Backup

Managed backup is just as it sounds. A service in which your backup is actively managed, set up in a correct way that is effective and best suits your business.

To have an effective backup strategy that works, you need the following:

  • Configured correctly by an experienced person.
  • Daily reports emailed to you and the people managing it.
  • Accurate interpretation of the reporting.
  • Proactive action and updates from the backup managers.

 

A lot of experience is often needed for reading the reports that are produced as often fails will get flagged, that someone who has experience can realise it’s not an issue and safely ignore it. An example of this could be a backup of your internet browser cache. This can avoid creating panic, if someone less experienced thought it was urgent. We’ve seen reports that say a backup has completed successfully when it clearly hasn’t if you had read on further into the report.

Another benefit of having someone with experience managing your backup is that they can advise on what to do and setup the backup to best suit your business. You might know the difference between a full backup and an incremental backup, or what bandwidth throttling is. But if you can’t act on that information it doesn’t matter much. Of course, if you don’t know anything like that then the benefits of having someone who sorts it are obvious.

Naturally managed backup is usually a little bit more expensive than regular backup services. If you lack someone who has the technical experience to manage it, then it could be worth the extra small investment.

What Does This Mean for my Business?

To give an example which might clarify how things will work from your perspective, we’ll briefly chat about what we at HA Hosting provide with our managed backup services.

So, like mentioned earlier, we would assess based on various factors such as:

  • Your internet speeds.
  • Type of business.
  • Amount of data produced.
  • Frequency of data produced.

From here we will advise and act on the best kind of backup suited for your business. We also manage the reporting produced from the backup, checking through anything that is flagged. If something needs fixing, then we will do that too. Of course notifying you when something has come up and has been fixed. We’re often told by customers that we identify and fix issues before the customer is even aware of it.

Peace of Mind

This all means that you can have the peace of mind. Knowing that your data is safely protected and can be used to recover from on the rare occasion something does happen. Plus, it comes with the benefit of not having to worry about the technical side to the backup if you don’t know much about it. Leaving you to focus on the things in your business that you want to focus on.

Want to Know More?

If you want to learn more about what we do here at HA Hosting or simply want to know more about backup, then you can find more information in our other Video Guides and Blogs. If there is something more specific you would like to know or you have a question that hasn’t been answered yet then you can contact us here, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

 

Remember, backing up your data is easy. But it’s just as easy not to do it.

Chris Allen

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