As a seasoned IT professional, I have the same conversation with almost every business owner I meet -
Me: “Are you backing up your data?”
Customer: “Yes, I believe so.”
Me: “How often are you backing up and are you backing everything up?”
Customer: After a quick pause, “I’m not quite sure.”
Me: “When was the last time you tested the restore of your data?”
Customer: “That’s a good question. I don’t recall running any tests.”
Does this sound familiar or do you feel our conversation would be similar? If so, here are a few helpful best practices for your backup environment.
1) Know your backup policy. When does your data get backed up and to where?
2) Ask yourself “how long can I survive without my data, if needed?” And…”What would it cost me to be down for that length of time?” This will help you develop a budget for your backup service or software.
3) Test your backups. They are only as good as the ability to restore them.
4) In case of a disaster, make sure your data is offsite. Preferably in the cloud. Better there than to have to incur routine labor daily to move and take data offsite.
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