We continue our discussion about necessary IT Support that Calgary businesses should have in place to ensure continuity, and one of the most crucial elements to put in place is offsite backups. Offsite backups are a must for every business, protecting organizations from the loss of data that occurs with onsite server failures or as a result of physical catastrophes such as fire, flood, theft, or vandalism.
How Do Offsite Backups Work?
Recording data to tapes and physically transporting them to a secure storage facility have been replaced by remote, cloud-based backups. Offsite backups are not complicated; once initial setup is complete, data is backed up automatically and continuously. Image-based backups provide near-immediate recovery for virtual machines, and online backups ensure that an organization’s valuable data is securely stored in the cloud, accessible from anywhere in case the business is displaced. This data is fully recoverable and restorable so that an organization can continue to remain operational regardless of the issue.
What Factors Are Necessary for Offsite Backups?
No business is immune to the risk of data loss or disruption from unexpected disaster. Your IT Support services should include offsite backup that offers:
- Immediate disaster recovery services
- Safe, secure storage of data
- Local hosting and support
- Customizable solutions
- 24/7 monitoring
- Virtual machine backup and replication
- Fully managed recovery services
What Should Be Backed Up Offsite?
One of the most important considerations in creating an organization’s offsite backup and disaster recovery plan is determining what information is crucial to keep the business operational. From client data to secure processes, from account detail to current project notes, the offsite backup should include all of the information needed to continue operating if returning to the business location is not an option. Such information may include emails, documents, contracts, images, tax records, applications, and other rudiments necessary to conduct day-to-day operations of the business.
What Are the Benefits of Offsite Backup?
There are a number of benefits to offsite backup, not the least of which is peace of mind. Knowing that business data is stored safely and securely so that it is accessible no matter what happens allows business leaders to focus on achieving business objectives rather than worrying about what-ifs. Offsite backups are:
- Easy to use
Your IT Support provider should be able to offer fully managed and customized offsite backup services with secure storage in a Calgary-based secure facility with 24/7 monitoring. Offsite backup and disaster recovery is not a one-size-fits-all solution. The ITeam will work with your Alberta business to customize a cost-effective solution and help you develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that will ensure the continuity you need. Contact us for a free consultation.