There Are 3 Critical Data Backup Elements You Must Have In Place To Guarantee A Fast, Pain-Free Disaster Recovery Of Your Critical IT Systems In The Event Of A Data-Erasing Disaster,
Yet Most Businesses Don’t Have Even One
When it comes to backing up and protecting your company’s critical data, you need to know for certain – without any lingering doubts – that you could recover your files and be back up and running again fast after a natural disaster, server crash, hacker attack or other data-erasing event.
Yet most business owners don’t know for sure if all of their data is being backed up. Even fewer conduct regular test restores to ensure that their backups are actually working, and many don’t have a clue what they would do if they suddenly lost their data or ability to access it due to a fire, flood or other disaster. To make matters worse, almost no one keeps records of software licenses and discs that are necessary to restore a corrupt or critically damaged server – so even IF they are lucky enough to have all their data, they soon realize that data backup is only one component and doesn’t necessarily guarantee a speedy recovery.
If I just described you, I urge you to continue reading.
My name is John Garner, President of iMedia Technology. We specialize in keeping critical computer and IT systems up, running and problem free for business owners like you. Unfortunately, many of the companies we meet with DON’T have a reliable backup and disaster recovery system in place and are “hoping” that their current tape backup will work when they need it.
And since fewer than 40% of small and medium business owners have a solid disaster recovery plan in place, we’re making it our personal mission to educate as many Massachusetts business owners as possible about the dangers of not having a rock solid offsite backup and disaster recovery plan for their data and critical IT systems.
3 Essentials Your Backup System Must Have
Critical Element #1: Secure, Encrypted Offsite Backup
While we recommend that you have onsite backup, it’s absolutely critical to keep an encrypted copy of your data offsite as well.
Most data loss is caused by people – aka “accidents”. Files are accidently deleted, databases get corrupted during maintenance, ransomeware holds your data hostage, a virus renders a system dead, an employee seeks revenge, .
If a fire burns your office to the ground – or a thief breaks in and steals your server and equipment – or a natural disaster floods your office or makes it impossible to access your PCs and server, the onsite backup will be useless to you. If you backup data to an external hard drive and ransomeware infects your network, the hard drive backup will be useless to you.
For those of you who copy data to a tape drive or other device and carrying it home every night isn’t the safest or smartest system either. Data needs to be encrypted to prevent it from falling into the wrong hands – and if you are storing “sensitive” data (like credit card numbers, financial documents, medical records and information or even client e-mail addresses and information) on an unencrypted portable device you may find yourself having a VERY uncomfortable conversation with your clients about how you exposed their data to an identity thief or hacker.
Critical Element #2: A Disaster Recovery And Business Continuity Plan
A HUGE mistake many business owners make is thinking that data backup is the same as disaster recovery – it’s not. Many business owners are shocked to find out just how long and arduous the process is to get all their data back after a disaster – and that’s IF they have a good, clean copy of ALL their data (most are surprised to find out they don’t). Just having a copy of your data isn’t enough. Restoring a server can require reinstalling all of your business applications. Often finding the software disks and license keys delays the process even more. You need to have a plan in place to get everything restored quickly, which is something that tape drives, external hard drives, and flash drives don’t offer.
Critical Element #3: Test Restores
After you have a good backup system in place, you need to test it regularly to make sure it works. Point is, there’s something wrong if you aren’t doing this simple check at least once a weekly (possibly more for more critical data). If your current IT company or employee is not doing this, you can’t have any confidence in your current backup system.
Why Trust Your Remote Backups To Us?
There are a lot of companies offering remote backup services, so what makes us so special? Why choose us over the dozens of other companies offering what appear to be the same services? I’m glad you asked because there are 7 BIG reasons to trust us with your data security:
- We discuss your recovery expectations. Our recovery solutions can get you back up in a day, half a day, or in minutes.
- Your data is backed up onsite at your office, to an east coast data center, and to a west coast data center. Your data is encrypted when transferred offsite. Optionally your data can be stored in the data center encrypted as well. This means your data is locked down tight, protected from even the worst natural disasters–fire, flood, and theft.
- We unconditionally guarantee the security and availability of your data or your money back. If the data is given to us, we will guarantee it will be available to you 24/7 or we’ll give you your money back!
- We offer free help desk support for recovering files. Some companies charge you extra for this service, or don’t offer it at all.
- Managed IT clients receive free disaster recovery services to restore your data if ALL of it is lost at one time with our premium Image backups. Again, most companies charge extra for this, or they don’t offer it at all. At no additional charge, we will work to get all of your data restored in the unfortunate event of a catastrophic loss.
- We are a local company with a physical office here on Cape Cod. That might not seem too unique to you, but what you don’t realize is that some offsite data companies are made up of a couple of guys working from their back bedrooms with no way of actually reaching them other than by e-mail or phone. We’ll come on site, shake your hand, and buy you a cup of coffee. Wouldn’t you rather deal with a local company that can meet with you face to face rather than an unknown entity in a different state – or different country?
- We will conduct daily test restores of your Premium Image backup to truly determine if your backup is working. There is no other way of knowing for sure and MOST remote backup services do NOT offer this service.
Free Data Backup Review Reveals
How Reliable Your Backup Really Is
For prospective client we will provide a free consultation of your current data backup system. Know for sure just how fast you could get back up and running in the event of a disaster – if at all. I know that choosing an IT provider can be difficult and confusing. Often you don’t have the time or expertise to determine if they are doing a good job for you, which is why I want to extend this offer to you at no cost or obligation.
I also want to be clear that there is no hidden agenda of any kind when you request your free Data Backup Review, and you won’t be harassed by a high-pressure salesman. At the end of the review we’ll give you a simple report of findings. If we find something amiss, we’ll explain it to you in plain English and give you recommendations on what you can do to resolve it. If you’d like us to help you at that point then you simply need to ask.
So what do you have to lose? At the very least you’ll get a third-party opinion, absolutely free. To request this service, simply go online to iMediaTech.com/free-backup-analysis and complete the brief form. You can also call us at 508-790-4171
If you’re not quite ready to request this review, you can download a free report titled, “12 Little-Known Facts Every Business Owner Must Know About Data Backups, Security And Disaster Recovery.” To request the free report, simply fill in the form on the right column for immediate access.