Backups mean business as usual. It’s one of the most important things you can do to protect your website. A common sense backup schedule is a must. Only then can you be certain that if something goes badly wrong, whether it’s being hacked, a system failure, a fire, flood or something else altogether, you can quickly reconstitute your website, systems and data.

Cloud backup

What is cloud backup? Cloud backup means backing up data off the premises, in the cloud, involving sending a copy of your data over a proprietary or public network to an off-site server, for a managed service provider to keep safe. Cloud backup can either replace or support on-premises backups for belt-and-braces data storage.

Backing up your data to the Cloud means it’s safely off-site. If anything goes wrong at your end, business-critical data is safe, duplicated in the cloud. The cloud is super-secure, reliable and fast. And backing things up this way eliminates the problems you can get with an old-school tape backup, which can be expensive, vulnerable and slow to recover data from.

Daily backups

A daily backup does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s makes a lot of sense to back up your data every day. If something goes wrong, you can reconstitute everything with minimum loss, putting you in the same position you were before things went pear shaped.

You could, of course, run backups less frequently. But the longer you leave it, the more data you stand to lose. It’s a business continuity thing, and something we feel is extremely important.

Data backup and restore

Data backup means copying files and databases to keep them safe in case of an equipment failure or other problem. Backup should be a routine, both for big business mainframes and smaller business computers. It’s also vital for personal computer users. When you retrieve the backed up files, it’s called ‘restoring’.

The benefits? Every business needs a rigorous backup protocol to keep data safe, and rebuild databases and systems when something goes wrong. It means you’ll be able to restore everything to the point the backup was last taken, saving you time, money, hassle, stress and lost sales and preventing damage to your brand.

Off-site data storage

Off-site data storage – AKA vaulting – involves sending critical data away from your main physical site, usually as part of a disaster recovery plan. out of the main location (off the main site) as part of a business disaster recovery plan. The data is sent off-site via removable storage media, and can also be sent electronically through a remote backup service, called e-vaulting.

If you have some kind of disaster, say a flood, sending backups off-site ensures your systems and servers can be reconstituted fast, using the most up to date data. If you stash all your backups on the premises and it gets damaged, it could prove very difficult, if not impossible, to open for business again, and even more difficult to recover within a reasonable timescale.

Hosted backup

Hosted backup involves remote, online or managed backup services, giving users a rugged, reliable and comprehensive system for backing up, storing and recovering digital files.

Hosted backup means all your vital data is backed up away from your premises. If the worst happens, say you have a fire or flood, your backups will be safe, readily available to reconstitute your systems and data and put things back exactly the way they were before the incident. Add an internal, on-premises backup and you’ll cover every data loss eventuality.

Managed backup

If you have a stash of absolutely vital data that, if it got lost or damaged, would be disastrous to your business and leave you unable to do business? Managed backup is designed to protect your files. Managed backup involves taking care of every aspect of your backup protocols, from pre-installed Cloud Backup on your servers to weekly and daily backups and standard system configuration files.

When an expert manages backups for you, they’re perfectly placed to quickly and easily restore, monitor and troubleshoot backup jobs. As a result your know your business will consistently perform well, even if something goes horribly wrong. If you’re not confident doing it yourself, leave it to someone who knows backups inside out and back to front… and relax.

On-site backup

Your data can’t be too secure. For a belt and braces approach, many businesses back their data up on-site and off-site. The on-site data backup side of things involves copying and storing important data using local storage, things like hard drives, DVDs, magnetic tapes and CDs.

On-site storage has advantages. You can get instant access to your data. And you don’t need internet access to do it. Intelligent on-site data storage supports off-site storage perfectly, protecting your business from every angle.