It’s easy to take a backup function for granted when everything is running smoothly, and you don’t need to restore any data. But all it takes is one mishap, and any weaknesses in your backup strategy becomes glaringly clear.
In fact, the average rate of failure for backing up all business data is 75%. Even if companies are backing up, many find out too late that their backup isn’t easy to restore, it ran out of space, or had some other issue.
Some of the problems that Treasure Valley area businesses run into with unmanaged backups that they try to do themselves are:
- Only doing a local backup, and having it destroyed
- Backups malfunctioning
- Backup drive crashing
- Using an antiquated system (like USB) that isn’t easy to restore
- Running out of space
- Software conflict
- Employee accidentally turns backup off
- Backups aren’t done regularly
What Bad Things Happen When You Don’t Back Up Your Data Online?
When a business doesn’t have a reliable online backup strategy, it’s akin to driving around without any vehicle insurance. All it takes is one unexpected crash to cause serious damage.
Data can be lost unexpectedly due to a ransomware phishing attack, hard drive crash, cloud account breach, or natural disaster. Those businesses that are unprepared with an easily recoverable backup can end up losing tens of thousands of dollars due loss of productivity and recovery costs.
According to IBM Security, the average cost per lost file due to a data breach is $150.
Costs of not properly backing up your data online can mean loss of revenue, customers, and productivity costs. In a survey of over 500 SMB C-level executives, 37% said they had lost customers due to downtime incidents.
Online cloud backup is vital to preserving your business continuity and ensuring any data loss incidents are dealt with swiftly, and with minimum downtime. Here are several reasons that backing up with a managed cloud strategy is critical.
Backups are Automatic & Trouble-Free
When you use a managed backup solution like the one that Connect2Geek offers through our managed IT services, you can rest easy knowing your backups are well taken care of.
We monitor your backups to make sure they haven’t hit any snags or been accidentally turned off after a reboot. This ensures that all your data is being captured regularly and will be there and easily recoverable when you need it.
Everything is automatic and handled for you, so your team can focus on your business.
Easy to Expand Storage Capacity
One of the reasons that so many backups fail to capture all necessary data is that they have a limited capacity. If someone is backing up on a detachable storage drive, it can get filled up without them knowing it. Then either backups stop capturing new data or only capture a portion of it.
An online backup system has unlimited capacity to be expanded for your needs. This flexibility keeps backup processes from getting interrupted and ensures your business data is secure even as your company grows and generates more of it.
Anywhere, Anytime Access for Recovery
An online backup gives you much more flexibility for access and restoration than an on-premises backup. For example, in the event a natural disaster destroyed your office and computers, you could still easily access all your files online and have them restored to any compatible device with an internet connection.
Your Data is More Secure in the Cloud
There are a number of reasons that cloud backup and file storage is a safer solution than an on-premises backup system.
One of these is security. According to Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report, cloud assets were involved in just 24% of data breaches in 2019. 70% of the assets breached were on-premises.
Physical security is also a consideration. When you have a local storage, such as a detachable drive or USB device, that small device can be lost or damaged. Or if you have a larger device, like a server or network-attached storage that stays at your office, a flood or fire could end up destroying all your data and your backups too.
When your data is stored in a cloud backup system, it’s protected, always easy to find, and not harmed if damage happens to your premises.
Designed for Fast File Recovery
If you’re using the wrong backup system, you can end up having a copy of your data, but no easy way to restore it onto a computer quickly when needed.
Every second counts when it comes to downtime from a ransomware attack or other data loss incident. Online backup and recovery systems are designed to quickly restore system data to reduce downtime.
Keep Your Data Safe with Managed Backup from Connect2Geek
Feel secure that you have a complete copy of all your data that can be restored fast, when and where you need it!
Contact us today about our new and improved backup & recovery solution! Call 208-468-4323 or reach out online.