There can be huge variations in backup solutions. It is critical that you understand what the consequences are of selecting one solution versus another. Although many services offer great protection, there are some that cover entire systems while others just cover data. Some allow your systems to be recovered more quickly when a major problem arises, while others make sure that your system is kept safe from various physical risks like theft, floods or fires.
Data protection legalities and policies need to also be considered since some of the cloud backup solutions that are available might not be suited for UK businesses based on where the data is stored ultimately.
Full System Or Data Only Backup?
Data Only Backup
When you back up your data that’s a great start since is means that if a failure occurs in your IT support system, that your irreplaceable, critical business data like emails, financial information and documents can be recovered safely.
The disadvantage to backup only your data is you will need to recreate everything else that is one your system from scratch. That may take several days in the situation of a server.
System Level Backup
What this type of backup does is take a copy of your entire server or PC, including all the data and system’s settings and software. What that means is that you can restore the entire system exactly like it was before, instead of having to reconfigure and reinstall everything. That can significantly reduce the amount of that your system is unavailable, whether it is a server or PC.
Off Site Or On Site?
The backup copy with this option is made on a device located at the same premises where the computer is that is being protected. This type of backup has the advantage of not being reliable on having internet service available and usually higher volumes of data may be copied locally, meaning it is easier to manage large system level backups.
In addition, it is also easier and quicker to access the backup in order to restore it instead of having to retrieve data from a remote site via the internet. The disadvantage is of course that it isn’t able to protect against any local disasters like theft, flood or fire.
With this method, the backup copy is made in a data centre or device in a different location to where the computer that is being protected is – usually via the internet. One big advantage is this does protect against any local disasters like theft, flood or fire. The major disadvantage is that it usually this method relies on having an internet connection and bandwidth and availability of the connection might limit the frequency of the backup and the amount of data you can back up.
Which backup method is best for your business?
Every business has its own unique requirements. You need to also consider what your potential business vulnerabilities and risk are and understand what things are most important to you before implementing the best backup solution for your needs. Ask an expert if you are in doubt.