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Monday, 3 August 2015

Member Blog: Do you backup your data?…Really?

Craig Robinson - Director, Cloud 53


Backup – something that is talked about often but what does it actually mean? A backup should be an automated process daily or even hourly to ensure you have a copy of all your data in case of loss, fire, corruption etc. More importantly with backups and something that is often over looked is to test that a) your backups are working and b) that you can restore files from your backups if required.

Traditionally tapes have been the solid way backups have taken place however to anyone who has had to invest in a tape drive and assorted tapes to a reasonable backup rotation scheme will know how costly this is not to mention the man hours that have to go into this and backup software.

More and more firms are moving to cloud backup as it is simpler, faster, more reliable and presents a far lower ongoing cost. Security is often an argument heard however how often do tapes just go missing or you see a pile of them on the IT guy's desk? Cloud53 backups are encrypted (only the customer has the security key) and stored in Tier3 UK Datacentres.

How important is your data? Some facts regarding data loss

6% of all PC’s will suffer an episode of data loss per year
31% of all PC users have lost all their data due to events beyond their control
34% of companies fail to test their tape backups – 77% of these have found backup failures
60% of companies that lose all their data shutdown within 6 months of the disaster
42% of attempted recoveries from tape backups fail
20% of all small businesses will be hacked within the first year
40% of small to medium sized firms who manage their own network will have their network accessed by a hacker, more than 50% will not be aware

To find out more about how cloud backup by Cloud53 could benefit you, please get in touch. We would be delighted to offer all Chamber members a 10% discount on our backup services

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