Routine IT backups are a crucial element in any solid IT infrastructure – after all, without your data, how well would your business be able to function? Imagine losing all of your client contact details, a years’ worth of invoicing or every single one of your product orders. Or imagine having an inexperienced staff member accidentally wipe out 6 months of your bookkeeping on their first day. While this may sound far-fetched to some, a 2008 survey found that 66% of participants admitted to losing files from their personal computer. So when it comes to data storage it is always best to plan for the worst…just in case.
A data backup is when a copy is made of all stored business information and this is then saved as an archive file. In the event of file corruption or a loss of data, the IT backup file can be uploaded to the system and a crisis can be averted. Of course, this will only be of assistance if the backups are carried out regularly, the backup file is stored securely and the information being backed up includes all essential business data. This might sound like a fairly straight forward process, but (like most elements of technology) it is more complicated than it looks. In part, this is because of the sheer volume of information that needs to be frequently backed up – having an organised copy of all pertinent data used by your business will require a substantial amount of storage space.