Why should you backup your data?

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Let’s face it, our lives are becoming more digital every day. From digital photos to financial documents to business emails, the amount of information we store has grown exponentially over the past decade. Now think about what were to happen if all that information disappeared. Where would your business be?

Every computer will fail at some point, so when it comes to computer failure, it’s not a question of if, it’s when. And when it does fail, replacing the computer is the easy part. Replacing the data is the hard part. If a hard drive fails, you may be able to recover the data, depending on the extent of the damage. But what if it’s damaged beyond recovery? What if you lost your computer in a fire, flood or natural disaster?

Backing up your data is one of the first things you must do when setting up your business network. You can set up backups in a variety of ways, depending on the needs of your business. The easiest and least secure way to backup is to a single external hard drive. A better way is to rotate multiple backups and keep one copy in a separate physical location. Another option would be to use an online backup that automatically syncs changes. Another question to consider is how often does your data change? Do you need immediate backups for frequent file changes or is once a day enough?

Microsoft Windows Backup and Apple Time Machine are built-in programs that are great for personal use. However, you should utilize a more robust solution for your business. There are many different software programs that help automate the backup process.

Minneapolis-based OAC Technology can help you navigate the different backup solutions available to your business and implement one that fits your exact needs. When using the right backup solution, getting back in business should be a painless process with minimal downtime. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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