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Would Your Business Survive a Catastrophe?

August 13, 2014 by Ed Becker

Many small business owners do not spend a lot of time, if any at all, thinking about the possibility of a catastrophe striking; as a result, they would be unprepared should anything disastrous come up. If there was a major freak of nature accident that wiped out your office or home would, you be able to access your data in order to rebuild your business? If you do not have a backup plan for data, the cost to rebuild can be prohibitive. The majority of small businesses never recover from a disaster.

What Backup is the Best?

If your system is compromised, there are many ways to back your system up, or create a system recovery file in your hard drive for both business and personal data. But if you have an on-site disaster and your systems are destroyed, these methods would not work. You essentially need to have backups for your backups.

  • ioSafe 214 NAS RAID + DRS – this is the monster of safe storage. Fire proof (up to 1,550 degrees for 30 minutes per ASTM E119) and water proof (submergible up to 10 feet up to 72 hours): from diskless to 8 TB of storage, world class OS. This is the priciest option so far for individual or small business use. But for what you get the price is not so terrible. For 8 TB with Enterprise Class HDD and 5 year no hassle warranty, the cost is roughly $3,800. That is a small price to pay for restoring iyour business and after a disaster. It allows fast access from your local network and remote access from almost any internet device.
  • Flash drives/DVD/External hard drives are all much cheaper options, but they are also less secure. Any media storage is going to deteriorate in time, quickly under some conditions. But these are good for saving and storing data on a regular basis for recovery. It is also good for protecting personal data such as photos and documents. Keep it up to date and have several copies in different locations, as well as changing out for new devices regularly.
  • Cloud storage is great technology and most of our systems already have auto sync to some cloud based service. This is one of the most convenient storage and backup options, but is said to be the least secure and stable. If you use cloud storage, make sure you have other backups as well and choose a well-known company that is not going to close before you need your data.

Ensuring that you have a system recovery and regularly updated data backups will help in case of catastrophe and complete loss of your system. It may seem like a large investment now, but if it saves your business later then that investment is, at best, minimal.

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