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Most clients that I visit say they have some sort of backup system, but they don't really know where or how their data is being backed up. Other businesses may not have a current system in place due to budgetary reasons or simply the time it takes to initially setup. For these companies, backing up usually doesn’t become an absolute necessity until after a data loss problem occurs. Below is a quick overview of several types of backup systems:
When using the cloud, your data is either synced on the cloud and your hard drive, or your data is only available to you via the Internet. There are many free and paid cloud storage services. Some common examples are DropBox, Google Cloud, iCloud, and many others. Here are some advantages of cloud storage:
This tends to be the easiest option for most people. The reason is that it's very simple to grab your files and store them on a secondary hard drive. This can be done manually, but there are plenty of programs that automate this process. Here are some advantages to backing up your data locally:
A centralized network is a blend of cloud and local storage. This method entails using a local network (separate from the internet) to back up your data onto your own physical hard drives. This is the system we have implemented here at Igniting Business for several reasons:
You will notice that these benefits are a combination of some advantages of using cloud or local storage. We have our backup system automated and it has worked well for us.
I want to be clear and say that I am not recommending any option over the other. All these methods have proved effective in different situations. If you are unsure of what would be best for you, give us a call at Igniting Business (573-303-0023), and we will help find the right solution for you.