Small businesses face a number of challenges on a daily basis. They have to compete with their services and presentation against larger companies. Furthermore, they’ll need to attract customers to keep the afloat and attract enough to cover the expenses they’ll be accruing.
As a result of this, the data they have and their IT skills play a central role if they’re looking to achieve those things. Paired with small businesses needing to keep costs low it’s clear small businesses need a backup solution these days.
Below are some options to consider on creating an effective backup strategy.
Automate As Much As You Can
Automation in terms of backing up is incredibly important. If you want to protect your data as reliably as possible, you need to do this. Any manual process can easily be skipped or postponed to later days.
You’ll want the automatic backups to run during non productive times so ideally overnight and during weekends is best. This will ensure it doesn’t impact actual production.
While many people consider 3-2-1 backup strategies to be the golden standard, this method is slowly becoming more and more inferior over time. In a recent post on MSP Corp, I suggested to avoid using that method and look to Veeam, a company that provides backups and replication of data.
I still stand behind that as a viable and effective solution as 3-2-1 methods aren’t able to fully address ransomware attacks. Best of all getting Veeam is free.
Backup To A Cloud
Alternatively, being able to backup fully to a cloud is another possible solution. At the time of writing this, cloud storage is very reliable in preventing ransomware attacks. So long as the cloud services themselves aren’t fully connected to company networks, it can be easy to retrieve any lost data if it’s backed up to a cloud.
Consider Backing Up To LTO Tape
The last possible option that is worth considering is backing up to LTO tape. Backing up to tape has been around for decades now and is considered to be the most professional backup and archive medium and also the cheapest.
There are some drawbacks to this method in that you’ll be creating air gaps in recovery time of your data. However that air gap provides maximum security. Paired with easy scalability, and a life span of 30 years it could be a possible solution for backups.
At a base level, a small business should have an automatic backup for their most important information. From there, having a reliable system to backup to and access files easily comes down to your preference and business needs.
Even if you don’t think anything will go wrong, having these measures in place can easily save your business many hours or even the company itself. Don’t be quick to dismiss it.