The importance of backups for your enterprise data

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In our latest blog, hear from Ciara McNabb, Sales Executive at LoughTec as she explains the importance of data backups and common mistakes you should avoid.

Firstly, if nothing disastrous has happened to your business data yet, count yourself lucky.

Data is arguably the most essential part of running a business, regardless of what sector you are in. Most businesses cannot afford unforeseen periods of downtime. Even half a day of downtime can be catastrophic.

Cyber attacks, natural disasters and simple human mistakes are continuous threats to businesses. Without an effective disaster recovery plan in place, downtime will be detrimental to your business reputation and will cause financial hardship. If you have a high-quality backup, the risk of losing the majority of your data is reduced.

So, what are the 3 types of data back-ups that you should be aware of?

Frequent backups stored in multiple locations (both local and off-site) are paramount. Enforcing a data backup schedule may be costly and time-consuming, but it is the best assurance for your business.

  1. Full Backup

Full backups are fairly self-explanatory. You are simply taking a complete backup of all files and folders made. The benefits of a full backup include:

  • Fast and full recovery of all data assets
  • Easy access to the most recent backup version
  • Allows business operations to be backed up much sooner in the event of a cyberattack/downtime.

 

  1. Incremental Backups

This will back up files that have changed since the last backup, regardless of whether it was a full or incremental backup. The benefits of this are:

  • Backup jobs run at a high speed
  • Less storage space is required
  • Incremental backups can be run as often as desired.

 

  1. Differential Backups

This is a type of backup that uploads the new and updated files after the last full backup.

One significant advantage of a differential backup is that data restoration is relatively easy, flexible and doesn’t require you to have a high level of storage. It doesn’t matter when you want or need to perform a restore operation – all that is required is the last full and last differential backup to perform a complete backup.

Overall, it is a quicker type of backup to perform compared to a full backup.

 

Common mistakes to avoid:

  1. Not doing any backups

Backups are the precautionary measure you can take. How often you do them, depends on the importance of the information. Creating backups regularly is ultimately the best practice for businesses

  1. Not testing the backup

     

A backup is useless if you can’t use it to recover files when you need them the most. Therefore, testing the backup to ensure it works is as important as the actual backup itself. Ensure that they are functioning correctly and you are capable of restoring information on demand. If you are experiencing unforeseen downtime, not knowing how to restore information will ultimately prolong the downtime.

  1. Saving backups on one piece of hardware

The main objective of a backup is to have a safe copy available in the event of an emergency. Backups ideally should be kept in a separate location away from the original. Off-site backs up are a good idea. They can be stored safely in the cloud, and are readily available to help recover from a disaster.

 

Final thoughts

Data backups are vital in ensuring businesses are safe in the event of a hardware failure, cyber attack or natural disaster. It is clear now that data loss can be a significant cost to businesses. There are occasions where it will be impossible to fully recover, depending on how much data is lost. Therefore, frequent backups stored in multiple locations (both local and off-site) are paramount. Enforcing a data backup schedule may be costly and time-consuming, but it is the best assurance for your business.

If you need advice on implementing backups into your business operations, contact LoughTec today. Email info@loughtec.com or call +44 (0) 2882 252 445.

 

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